Saturday, July 24, 2010

Butterfly Summer

Summer is Butterfly Season in the Texas Hill Country.

Actually we see a few  fliers year-round. 

<-------------Dogface Sulphur on lavender, taken 12-29-08.

But when the weather heats and our gardens bloom, the  butterfly population skyrockets like people flocking to  the beach on summer vacation.

Queen butterflies on Gregg's Mistflower (Conoclinium greggii)----------------------->

Amongst the mating, some play hard to get. 

<-----------------Female Giant Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush (Buddleia sp.unknown).  Male Giant Swallowtail sneaking up on her. 

Others go for a drink. 

Bordered Patch butterflies on flowers on Gregg's Mistflower (Conoclinium greggii)-------------------->

Or find a good spot to catch some rays. 

<-------------------Hackberry Emporer on calcite.

Planting butterfly habitat was hard on our thin-clay-over-limestone land.  But now, when the sun is hot and the air is still, I sit on the porch and watch the flying reward.  

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