Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Creatures that fly Part I


Although it's called butterfly weed, I find more bees and
wasps on A. tuberosa than anything else. They love it.



Buddleia davidii, on the other hand, grows so large
there's enough nectar for all. Here is an American Lady.


The most detailed shot that I got of the very intricate underwing patterns
was of course this shot, where half of the wing is hidden by a leaf.





19 comments:

  1. Aren't they exquisite? Those are wonderful photos. We aren't seeing many butterflies here this year. All that rain and cold earlier took its toll.
    Marnie

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  2. Great photos Sweet Bay...that butterfly is LOOKING at YOU!!!

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  3. Sweet bay the light in those photos is exquisite! Fantastic butterfly pictures.--Randy

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  4. Great butterfly photos. I find them so difficult to take since the butterflies flit around so much.

    Jan
    Always Growing

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  5. Oh my goodness, what beautiful pictures of a gorgeous butterfly!

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  6. Sweetbay,
    Nice photos! The butterfly is a lady, but not a Painted lady, it is an American lady. You might have grown it in your lawn in fact.

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  7. I always like the photos on your posts. Today was no exception.

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  8. Great photos of the butterfly bush. My bushes are in bud, but haven't started blooming yet. I can't wait.

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  9. It is posts like this that will be my place of respite in the coming months.Thank you for posting and for your encouraging words and prayers .
    Blessing to you hugs aNNa xo

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  10. Those are great pictures. You can see so much detail! I hope when my Butterfly Bush blooms the butterflies will stick around for a picture or two.

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  11. Wow, GREAT photos Sweet Bay!! I haven't seen any painted ladies yet this year so it's good to see yours. Last year we had lots of them but like Marnie, we had such a cool, wet spring I'm not sure when they'll be here.

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  12. Lovely photos! I love the contrast of colors of the blooms and butterflies. So vibrant.

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  13. Sweetbay, I've been wondering where all the butterflies have gone and I can see they are hanging out further south of me! This one's a beauty ...I love how different the pattern looks from the underside. As always stellar photos! gail

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  14. The butterfly looks like it has eyes! Great pictures! -Jackie

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  15. Butterfly Weed is one of my favorite, favorite plants in the garden. Mine did not come back this year, would have been the third year. We sometimes see them growing in the ditches along the roads. Don't think I've seen even one butterfly here in 2009. If I had a butterfly bush as lovely as yours, maybe I'd see some. You're quite a remarkable photographer.

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  16. Beautiful photos of a beauty! Be she American or Painted lady... Great shots!

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  17. Lovely shots! I finally got some of the same kind on my coneflowers and false sunflowers yesterday/today.

    (I am up because my hamstring was hurting, and I wasn't sleeping. I am also praying for and thinking of my sister, who was admitted to the hospital last night with celluiltis, which is usually caused by staff. I need to get myself back to bed.)

    I love the photos in your last post, too. You have a beautiful country cottage garden.

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