Today’s Butterfly Visitors

Butterflies are regular visitors to both my flower gardens these days with fall-like weather.
Here are a couple for you to enjoy today!


I just bought some of these red blanket flowers, so the butterflies and bees would have more flowers to nectar on.

Also I love flowers to cheer up my yard!

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Painted Lady butterflies have been regular visitors to my yard for the last week.
Here is one on some white pentas.
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Swallowtail Caterpillars on Rue

I was so happy to see these caterpillars on my rue today! My son planted some rue and other herbs in our front flower bed in the spring. It’s pretty hard to focus on just the caterpillars with my camera. The quality of the photos aren’t that great, but at least the butterflies are laying eggs in my yard!

I actually had seen when a butterfly was laying some eggs on this rue plant around July 19. I’m thinking another one must have laid eggs days later. I’ve been checking for caterpillars in the last 2 weeks. With any luck these will turn into chrysalis’ and then butterflies!

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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

I was at The Arboretum in Dallas, Texas on August 5,2017. It was a very hot, humid day, but I was in search of butterflies and flowers that were in bloom. Of course, it helps that the entrance fee is only $1 per person and parking is only $5 for the whole month of August. Anyway, here are some beautiful flowers that I need help identifying! Most of their flowers, bushes and trees are identified, but not these.

Update: These flowers are called Celosia Flamingo Celosia Spicata. It is native to the tropics, but the plant is adapted to other climates, so Celosia is grown mostly as an annual all over the world. Celosia Flamingo seeds can be started indoors, and this plant is also known as Wheat Celosia or Flamingo Feather. Celosia Spicata is a tall, upright plant with reddish purple foliage and eye-catching, dark-pink, soft-pink terminal flower spikes that turn to white as they mature.

Celosia Flamingo is a wonderful plant to grow in mixed, sunny borders and patio planters. Celosia Spicata seeds germinate in 2-3 weeks, and the established Celosia Flamingo grows best in full sun or partial shade and needs moderate, but consistent watering with a good drainage provided. Celosia Spicata is one of the most popular cut flowers for dried, everlasting floral arrangements.

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The rest of the photos are of the one lone butterfly I photographed and the rest of the flowers. We only lasted 45 minutes out in the heat of the 97 degree August day! Our air conditioned car sure felt good!

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Monarchs in Plano, Tx

    Two years ago we saw migrating Monarchs nectaring on these white flowers. We were so happy to see them again in the same place today! There were at least 300 on these bushes that grow along this creek bed. Mostly they were resting and nectaring as there was a south wind blowing about 20 mph. A cold front is headed this way, in about 4 days, with a north wind to push them on to Mexico where they are migrating for the winter. It’s always amazing to see them in such great numbers.

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Fall Migration is Underway for Monarchs


I haven’t seen any Monarchs yet in Allen, TX, but my Frostweed is just beginning to bloom. I’m hoping that will attract a few that will be migrating through to Mexico! It’s supposed to be one of their favorite nectaring plants.

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Fall Migration is Underway!
August 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Howard
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Sightings of southbound monarchs, intense nectaring, and the first overnight roosts are being reported.

Monarch Butterfly in Iowa
Amy Evoniuk

At this time of year, monarchs change dramatically in physiology and in behavior.Responding to Daylength
Declining day length is the central cue that triggers the monarch’s migratory state. In the northern breeding range photoperiod is falling by 20 minutes this week. This sends the signal that it’s time to go to Mexico.Becoming Migratory
Watch for signs of migratory monarchs:

  • flying in directional flight
  • clustering in overnight roosts
  • nectaring intensely

Emerging in Diapause
Beginning in mid-August in the north, adults are in diapause when they emerge from the chrysalis. They are full grown — but not reproductively mature. Their reproductive development is on pause. These monarchs will not complete development and begin to mate until next spring in Mexico.

Beginning a Long Life
The same hormone deficiency that leads to diapause also leads to increased longevity. Summer monarchs live only 2-6 weeks; migratory monarchs live up to 8 months.

Accumulating Fat
Monarchs are shifting focus now from breeding to intense feeding. They must build body fat to fuel migration and to survive the winter in Mexico.

Welcome!
Fall migration 2016 is underway. Please share your sightings and help tell the story of the monarch’s long journey to Mexico.

Signs of Migration
Migratory monarch butterfly flying in directional flight
Directional Flight
Elizabeth Howard
Monarch Butterflies Clustering in Roosts
Clustering in Roosts
Darlene Burgess
Monarch Butterflies
Intense Nectaring
Amy Evoniuk
Fall Migration: What to Report
When you see a monarch—nectaring, flying, roosting, or breeding—we want to know about it.

 

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