Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Where the Wild Things Grow, Part 2: Butterflies and Wildflowers

Today when I went to make sure He-who-Mows was safe with chain saw in hand, I saw more butterflies than the last trip.

Finished with sawing, moving logs.

I saw a lot of Sundrops scattered through the meadows.

Elephant's Foot is near to blooming tall stems of 
blooms above a rosette of large leaves.

The little tricornered bracts of Elephantapus hold pink flowers.
I don't know why it's called Elephant's Foot other than it has a large
rosette of leaves that looks as if something heavy stepped on them.
Another common names is 'Devil's Grandmother,' which makes no sense.

Blue Pea Vine is plentiful on the south side of upland woods.

Cloudless Sulphur on Butterfly Pea vine.

Spurred Butterfly Pea (Centrosema virginianum) is a common butterfly pea in upland habitats in south Georgia and Florida.
I was wrong, wrong, wrong. This is not Clitoria ternatea Blue Pea Vine.

Buckeye caterpillars are easily found on Agalinis. This one plant had four caterpillars of different sizes. 
Well chewed Wild Cherry leaves next to them are possibly the source of all the Tiger Swallowtails.

About the time the caterpillars go through their pupal stage and emerge as butterflies ready to nectar, 
Agalinis will be in bloom in large drifts across the meadows. The rain has really served well for wildflowers.

Gulf Fritillaries on Lantana

Fiery Skipper

I saw many tiny Checkerspots but they wouldn't stand still for their photo op.
Swallowtails and some of the largest Gulf Fritillaries I've seen preferred to nectar on the opposite sides of Lantana out of my range.

Spicebush Swallowtails on Lantana. Lantana grows wild on the south side of the small flatwoods. It has clusters of seeds which you might see in these pics. It seeds about around itself but I have not noticed it spread to other sites the way Beautyberries, Pokeweed and some other plants do.


  1. Nice to see what is growing and flitting around your wilder areas.

    Happy gardening ~ FlowerLady

  2. Just the thought of living near "meadows" is relaxing. What a blessing . . . lovely post.

  3. It's difficult to get a good photo in the harsh southern light... Can't tell you how many pics I delete...

    Eventually... I hope to post the elephant leaf blooms...

    Glad my recent blog post was able to help on the centrosema bloom...

    clitoria grows as an upright herbaceous plant, not as a vining one.

  4. The rains have truly been a blessing to most of the southern US, except poor Texas. Still no butterflies here except for a huge amount of white cabbage butterflies.

  5. As you have noticed there, I suddenly see many more butterflies in the last two weeks here in Virginia.


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