Wednesday, July 8, 2009

At Long Last, a Butterfly in the Garden



Gulf Fritillary on Verbena bonariensis

13 comments:

  1. Ah, yes, thank goodness. Thank you also for identifying that plant. A friend gave it to me, and I'd never seen it bloom before. Didn't know what it was. Thanks again, Dee

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  2. I've started seeing butterflies too. Don't you just love them?

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  3. Pretty background on your photo. Makes the subject stand out. Butterflies are sometimes hard to capture on film. Good job! ~~Rhonda

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  4. Lovely photo, the orange and purple look great together. It seems I have to take at least a half dozen shots to get a good one of a butterfly.

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  5. Hi Jean,

    I am glad to see that you are seeing butterflies. It seems to me that this year there are far fewer ones around our house than normal for this time of year. I have seen a few swallowtails, but that is about it. Lots and lots of honey bees though! - Kathy

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  6. What a gorgeous photo, Jean! The butterflies have been very slow to arrive here this year, too--I wonder where they are??

    I could have sworn I left a comment on your last post, but knowing me...Anyway, good luck with your second plantings of tomatoes. Last year all my tomatoes succumbed to wilt in September, which in the Midwest is far too late to plant again. I'm watching them very closely this year to make sure it doesn't happen again.

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  7. Lovely photo, wish I could do the same but they fly off too fast!

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  8. Oooh, and not just any butterfly either! That is a captivating combination. Do you have passionvine? I have read that is the only larval food for the Gulf Fritt. I leave several of the millions that want to take over here just for those butterflies.
    Frances

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  9. The Gulf Frittillary is new to me. The photo is so very pretty and summer-looking. We're finally seeing a few butterflies up here and also the bee activity has picked up recently. Gotta love July.

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  10. Frances, no passionvine in my backyard. I wouldn't be surprised if there's some on the hillside near the RR tracks, right next to the nursery, which is only a few blocks from here. I know they sometimes throw old plants out there. :-)

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  11. H and I were just commenting last night that the butterfly bush outside our window has been strangely bare. I hope it's just the unseasonably cool weather. I miss the bush being covered with them.

    Robin Wedewer

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  12. Yippee! ...and they do seem to like the verbena when they arrive! gail

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  13. Jean I need some help identifying some plants I saw in Illinois in May. I was hoping to see a few Illinois bloggers stopping by my blog but that doesn't seem the case. Can you please hop over and help me id these plants?

    Many many thanks,
    islandgal246

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