The butterflies are increasing daily. Sometimes I see the shadow of one from high in the air. New butterflies in the spring are fast, and fail to pose while I fumble with the camera. There was a pretty dark Swallowtail on larkspur Monday afternoon, gone before I caught his image. He was also visiting open roses but not lingering.
Oakleaf Hydrangeas are gorgeous about now. An American Painted Lady found them irresistable too.
When I drove by the wild Butterfly Garden in the north pasture, two Passiflora blossoms had opened. It was around noon and no butterflies were in evidence.
The Butterfly Poll revealed that Lantana is the most popular nectar plant among those polled. It is usually most popular among Butterflies in my garden. I planted more Lantana montevidensis today in the stump bed, cutting back some of the best Violas and pulling the rest.
Pentas are also popular and I saw Spicebush Swallowtails among these today, one at a time.
The Pentas at upper right are the ones that Susie calls 'Miss Julie's Favorite.' My favorite is a big fuchsia one that isn't blooming yet. It is a heartier plant than most of these, with bigger stems and blooms.
I saw a Zebra Swallowtail this afternoon. Many butterflies flit; Zebras float and bob. Buds on Pawpaws, the Zebra host plant, are as big as the end of my little finger and leaves are well grown.
Porterweed is beginning to bloom. When Porterweed gets tall, it is very popular with Southern butterflies.
At upper left in the lefthand pic is coral Porterweed. At upper right is Silene, or Catchfly, another butterfly fav. The smallest pic at lower right is another view of the end of Porterweed and red Pentas bed with a clump of parsley well placed between them mid-bottom for when Black Swallowtails show up.
I'm grateful for every butterfly sighting. I'll be tickled when we don't have to wait to see one.