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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Lantana

I love when my Lantana returns each spring – so do the butterflies. Now it is July and there aren’t many flowers due to the daytime temps being above 95! The great thing about Lantana is the blooms will return when the weather cools back down to the daytime highs of 80s and then the butterflies will have lots of new flowers!

Lantana in Bloom

Lantana in Bloom – May 2014

Lantana and Butterfly

Lantana and Butterfly – June 2014

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Butterfly on Lantana – June 2014