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Welcome! This blog is mostly about butterfly gardening, but other types of plants and gardens, as well as other wildlife is blogged about too.

July 27, 2008

Great Butterfly Day!

Filed under: Butterflies,Swallowtails — Butterflygirl @ 5:55 pm

Wow! I saw lots of butterflies in my garden this afternoon. At least its a lot for where I live. There were 4 large butterflies flying all close to the same time. Three swallowtails were all out there at the exact time even.

And – the best part – a butterfly I’ve only just previously seen fly through quickly and leave: a Zebra Swallowtail! You might remember that I mentioned seeing Zebra caterpillars recently when we were walking around at Shaw Nature Reserve. We had just gotten back from getting groceries and I went back to close the door and saw it right outside on some purple cone flowers. I ran back in and got the camera, but it wasn’t there. I walked all through the yard in the back and everything and thought for certain it had left – but then I found it! I got few pictures of it that were pretty good, they don’t like to hold their wings still though, so it isn’t easy.

It eventually started nectaring way high up on a white butterfly bush of mine. It seemed to prefer it over the purple ones.

Here it is on some rattlesnake master:

And now on the butterfly bush:

And then while I was still watching the Zebra, a yellow form Tiger Swallowtail and a dark form Tiger Swallowtail flew into my garden and starting nectaring on my plants:

And a little while after that a Monarch stopped by. It first was nectaring on my Iron Weed then resting on some pipevine where I was able to get a good picture of it:

A little later I also saw a Buckeye in my husbands ‘Zen’ garden area:

It was awfully hot out there though and I started getting a big overheated and had to come in, last I saw that Zebra Swallowtail was still there. It had to have been out there at least a half an hour. Definitely the longest I’ve ever seen one in my garden!

4 Responses to 'Great Butterfly Day!'

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  1. Pete said,

    on July 27th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    WOW! what marvelous photographs! I am a VERY amateur photographer, and am impressed on how technically well done your photos are. I spend lots of time shooting small animals, with a moderately good macro lense. I do not seem to get results like yours though. I cannot afford lots of excellent equipment, I have a Pentax k100D and a 70-300 macro lense, f4-5.6.
    I think you must have been using much better equipment than I have, or else you know some terrific things that I don’t.
    Anyway, just wanted to compliment you on the photos ….Pete

  2. Kim said,

    on August 1st, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Am enjoying your blog. Thanks for the helpful information!

  3. Lori said,

    on August 4th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Wow -I banner day!

    What plant is the Buckeye sitting on?

    For some reason we haven’t had many butterflies this year yet in my area. Usually by now the Tiger Swallowtails & Monarchs are swarming all over my Joe Pye Weed, but I haven’t seen a single one on them yet.

  4. Parsec said,

    on August 22nd, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Wow…wonderful pictures of some beautiful species! Nice!

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