Category Archives: Butterfly Bush

Butterflies Love The Butterfly Bush

Our Butterfly Bush is really starting to bloom now with big purple flowers.  That has attracted both the Hummingbirds (Ruby Throat) and the Butterflies.  This one particular Monarch Butterfly was feasting up a storm on this plant.  I think it was also on a bit of a sugar high as this crazy Butterfly was chasing […]

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One Tagged Monarch, One New Monarch, And One Returning Monarch

Three new Monarch Butterflies today (4 if you count the deformed wing Monarch I posted about earlier). One was a returning male Monarch that we had previously tagged. It was feeding in the early morning on the white flowers of the Butterfly Bush. The second one was one that we had not previously tagged and […]

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First Migrating Monarch Butterfly Of 2011 In Houston

Yea!  The first Fall migrating Monarch Butterfly of 2011 (at least the first one I’ve seen) has arrived.  I might have seen two, but since I only was able to take a picture of one of them, I’ll just say one for now. I spotted the male Monarch on our pink Butterfly Bush (a Hummingbird […]

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Last Of The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds For Fall 2011

The majority of our Ruby Throated Hummingbirds left last weekend, but we do have 2 females that remain.  Honestly, I think they like it without all the males fighting over the feeders. For Fall 2011, we maybe had 10 total Ruby Throats, which has been about average the last couple of years.  Back before Hurricane […]

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Butterfly Bush Is A Butterfly Magnet

If you don’t have a Butterfly Bush, I highly recommend getting one if you want to attract Butterflies.  These plants are wonderful nectar plants for Butterflies and Hummingbirds really like them as well. Today there was a large male Eastern Black Swallowtail that just couldn’t get away from this plant.  In this particular photo the […]

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Giant Swallowtail Getting Nectar From Pink Butterfly Bush

We have several Butterfly Bushes across the yard and they tend to be magnets for Butterflies.  A new visitor for this season was a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly. This Butterfly was so enamored with this particular Butterfly Bush I could barely get a few pictures.  It would visit one section of the plant, then fly to […]

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First Time Viewing Of Palamedes Swallowtail

We saw lots of Butterflies in the backyard today, two of which we’ve never seen before. One of the Butterflies that we’ve never seen before in the backyard was this Palamedes Swallowtail.  It was feeding on one of our Butterfly Bush plants.

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Female Queen Butterfly Is Awful Thirsty

We’ve had a female Queen Butterfly around the last two days getting nectar from the Milkweed and Butterfly Bush Plants.  I haven’t seen her lay any eggs yet.  This is Leecy’s favorite Butterfly. We’ve also had a female Monarch in the garden and she and the Queen try and chase each other away from the […]

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Painted Lady Butterflies Love Butterfly Bush

Painted Lady Butterflies are always a challenge for me to photograph.  They rarely sit still for long. The Butterfly Bush had some appeal where we actually had two different Painted Ladies.  One particular Butterfly positioned itself in a perfect position against the blue sky.

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Beautiful Long Tailed Skipper On Butterfly Bush

We had Monarchs, Sulphurs, and Long Tailed Skipper Butterflies today.  It was a beautiful day outside, not a cloud in the sky. Primarily I was focused on tagging and photographing the Monarchs, but when this Long Tailed Skipper appeared on the Butterfly Bush, I had to get a picture of that! Yea, I know these […]

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Monarchs Are Migrating Through Houston!

Now the Monarchs are really migrating through Houston!  We saw probably close to 10 Monarchs today.  The strange thing was most of them just kept on flying, they didn’t stop anywhere in the yard. Fortunately, not all of them kept on flying.  Two of them stopped by and I was able to tag them.  One […]

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American Painted Lady Butterfly On Pink Butterfly Bush

I don’t often see, much less photograph, the American Painted Lady Butterfly, but I was fortunate enough to see one the other day. This Butterfly was feeding on one of the Butterfly Bush’s we have.  Obviously Butterflies love this plant, but Hummingbirds love it as well.

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Gulf Fritillary On Multi-Colored Butterfly Bush

Finally!  A Butterfly!  Seems like a rare occurrence lately, although it’s probably just because I haven’t been getting home at a decent hour to see them. This is a Gulf Fritillary that was on my multi-colored Butterfly Bush.

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American Painted Lady Butterfly On Butterfly Bush

I think this is only the second time I’ve ever photographed or seen this particular Butterfly in our yard. This is an American Painted Lady.  In Houston, these Butterflies are most abundant in the Spring and Fall. You have to look a little close to see this Butterfly as I was shooting it from a […]

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Butterflies Were Everywhere Today

Holy Cow!  Today there were Butterflies everywhere in the backyard.  We had a Monarch, Question Mark, Variegated Fritillary, Giant Swallowtail, Gray Hairstreak, Eastern Black Swallowtail, some type of Crescent Butterfly, and a Pipevine Swallowtail. I got a few pictures, but I missed several and several others weren’t that good as I got over-excited. The plants […]

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