Category Archives: Purple Coneflower

Fiery Skipper, American Painted Lady, and Red Admiral Butterflies

I had quite a few Butterflies in the backyard today, much more so than normal.  The Zinnia garden is attracting many insects including Honeybees, Carpenter Bees, and of course, Butterflies.  The Lantana also appears to be a Butterfly favorite. This is an American Painted Lady on a Red Zinnia flower. Although I’ve seen them in […]

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Young Male Monarch Fighting With Honeybee

We had a total of 4 Monarchs hatch today; 3 females and 1 male.  The 3 female Monarchs flew away as soon as they were released but the male Monarch stayed for a while on the Purple Coneflower. Of course, life is not easy for a Monarch Butterfly, and while this Butterfly was just trying […]

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Pearl Crescent Butterfly

I found a new Butterfly that we’ve never seen in the backyard before.  It’s a Pearl Crescent. It was hopping all around the Purple Coneflowers getting nectar.  This is not an easy Butterfly to get pictures of, especially with their wings open! Here’s a picture with the wings closed.  It was resting on the Spicebush […]

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First Gulf Fritillary Of The Season

These Purple Coneflowers are really attracting all kinds of Butterflies. Today we saw our first Gulf Fritillary of the season for 2010. All the Purple Coneflowers that we have this year are from Leecy planting the seeds from previous seasons.

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How To Build A Successful Butterfly Garden Videos

I thought I would put together some brief videos on how to create a successful Butterfly Garden for my last day of vacation. There are a total of 5 videos, each one is less than 2 minutes long.  Watching these should give you a decent idea of how to start (or continue) a successful Butterfly […]

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Friday Night Hummingbirds

As promised, here are some Ruby Throated Hummingbird pictures. In these first 2 pictures there was a Hummingbird somewhat distracted by this Milkweed Bug on the feeder. He/She quickly got over the bug and went about drinking nectar. In this next set, I used a little Lightroom creativity because I didn’t care for the background […]

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I Figured It Out

I figured out, quite by accident, that the Butterflies like the early morning (and occasional late afternoon when it’s cool) temperatures.  The backyard was really full of life this morning, especially the Butterflies.  There were at least 4 Gulf Fritillaries flying around, a few Monarchs, and even the Polydamas Swallowtail (the rare one I photographed […]

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What A Lady!

I haven’t seen too many Painted Lady Butterflies in our backyard, but that is starting to change.  The last two days there have been American Painted Lady Butterflies landing on our Coneflowers. This particular Butterfly is an American Painted Lady Butterfly.  They are NOT easy to photograph.  Compared to the casual flying Monarch, these suckers […]

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Weekend Review

We’ve had a “fruitful” Memorial holiday weekend when it comes to Monarch Butterflies hatching.  We had 1 Monarch Butterfly hatch on Friday, 3 on Saturday, 4 on Sunday, and 10 today (Monday).  For those that are mathematically challenged, that’s 18 Butterflies.  Of the 18, ten of those were males and eight were females. Tomorrow should […]

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