Butterfly Flutterbye

Butterfly Flutterbye

It rained.  Then it stopped.  And it rained some more.

By the time I got out to the gardens, weeds were rampant.

And so were the butterflies!

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Monarch Caterpillar
A few weeks ago I thought that this was a Monarch Caterpillar. But now I think it was a Queen Butterfly Caterpillar since two Queens appeared and both the Monarchs and the Queens use the milkweed as their host plant.
Queen Butterflies
Queen Butterflies

Queen Butterflies

Gulf Fritallary
Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar. I haven’t seen many of these but I have a plethora of the butterflies.
Gulf Fritallary
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
Zebra Longwing
Zebra Longwing on Purple Coneflower
Pipevine Swallowtail
I want to believe that this is a Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly. It is so pretty with that dazzling blue. I rely on my Audubon book to identify my visitors but I don’t have the host plant so I’m doubtful.

Butterfly Flutterbye

Eastern Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail

And that’s why I plant so many butterfly plants!

2 thoughts on “Butterfly Flutterbye

  1. Your pictures are always so perfect. Love to look at them. I don’t think I ever see many butterflies up here in the dreary North.

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