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!

And the storm is over!

I had planned on posting today about the “Meet and Greet” with Senator Dean.  But, thanks to Colin, the first named tropical storm to hit us this year, the event was cancelled.  Streets are flooded in Old Homosassa during a normal summer storm so the fear was that they would be unpassable due to 5 to 7 inches of rain in less than 24 hours.  

Here’s our back yard yesterday at 5 pm.

Tropical Storm Colin
Not too bad! No water in the yard.

Instead of photos of Senator Dean, here’s some flowers to brighten up your day!

coleus1 caladiums3 blueandwhitegarden Friday Meanderings

bee in hydrangea