A Day In A Butterfly’s Life

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Late in the summer, I spied this butterfly just hanging out on one of our swings in our backyard.
It was a male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail with a torn hindwing.
It rested on the swing for more than 20 minutes.
Eventually it flew over to the lantana and had a drink.
I love watching these butterflies when they come into our yard.
They usually aren’t in any hurry and don’t fly away when I get close to take photos!
The lifespan of most butterflies is around 2 weeks.

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Lantana
Lantana is one of the best plants for attracting butterflies, bees, and other insects.


Photos by me taken on my Canon PowerShot.

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I spied this garden of zinnias when I was driving by a school in my city today. The zinnias were at least 4 feet tall! Of course I had to get out of the car and take some pics, because I was sure there would also be butterflies nectaring. I wasn’t disappointed! It’s planted in memory of a lady named Pat. Well, all I can say is Pat would be happy to see these beautiful flowers and butterflies. It made my day!

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I don’t know what I will do when winter comes and there are no butterflies!

All photos taken by me on my iPhone.


Hope you have a great day!

Mistflower and Pentas Blooming in My Garden In Early November

We still have not had a hard freeze, so it still looks like late summer in our backyard!  Since winter is coming, I will be sharing some photos taken during the summer and fall. First shown are the delicate mistflowers and second are the pentas. Both are great nectar plants for butterflies and bees and other nectar loving insects!

Mistflower in Bloom - Nov. 2012

Mistflower With Bee Nov. 2012

Mistflower With Bee Early Nov. 2012

Brilliant Colored Pentas

Pentas In Bloom Nov. 2012

Pentas Upclose View Nov. 2012

Pentas with Bright colored Flies

Pentas with Bright colored Flies