Queen Butterfly On Blue Mistflower



Before I left Fredericksburg I bought to small Blue Mistflower plants since these seemed to be such Butterfly magnets.

I already shared pictures of multiple Queen Butterflies feeding on the Blue Mistflower, but in going through my pictures from the week, I found this particular photo of one Queen Butterfly.

Something struck me about this picture.  I assumed that this Butterfly was just resting on the plant, since it didn’t look like it was flowering.  However, you can clearly see that the Butterfly does appear to be getting nectar from this plant (or at least trying to).  I’ll need to do some research to find out the nectar qualities of this plant.

Queen Butterfly On Blue Mistflower

Queen Butterfly On Blue Mistflower

Valerie Evanson - Been enjoying the photos! We don’t see many queens in this area. If this was taken early in the morning, s/he may be licking up dew. Or perhaps there are salts on the plant and this is a male “puddling” on a flower before flying off to find a female.August 21, 2010 – 3:01 pm

texdr - This was taken around 2-3 pm so maybe you’re right about the salts. I’ve never seen so many Queens (or any other Butterflies for that matter) congregated in one place for so longAugust 22, 2010 – 4:53 pm

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