Ratibida columnifera, commonly known as Upright Prairie Coneflower or Mexican Hat, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family.
I photographed these flowers one morning this week in a park near my house.
My city is very good about seeding native wildflowers in parks and along roads.
I was very happy to see this lone butterfly on a flower!
I sent this photo to a butterfly expert in Dallas, Tx to identify, since I couldn’t identify it. He says it is a butterfly – either a Common Checkered Skipper or a White Checkered Skipper. It would have to be examined closer to know the difference that can’t be seen in a photo!
He said it is more likely to be a Common Checkered Skipper for the part of North Texas that I live in!
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.
Lantana is one of the best plants for attracting butterflies, bees, and other insects.
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!
I don’t know what I will do when winter comes and there are no butterflies!
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.
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!