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.  
 

Copyright 2009-2010 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

9 comments:

  1. Great photos...I have the hardest time, getting photos of butterflies.

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  2. I'm seeing a bigger variety of butterflies in my garden this summer. Or maybe I'm just becoming a better observer.

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  3. Wonderful! (you know how I love butterflies!) The sulfur on lavender is such a tender, gentle picture--my favorite.

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  4. Beautiful photos ... butterflies are so pretty.
    I love the Dogface Sulphur on lavender,what a pretty colour and such delicate wings. xoxo ♡

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  5. Great Pictures Kat, Thanks....... BUT...
    I think butterflies were accidently named differently than intended ......they meant to name them.......
    Flutterbyes...

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  6. How lovely, Kathleen. I could sit on the porch and watch that for hours, too.

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  7. Wow! I'm stunned by these beautiful pictures! I have a butterfly bush ready to go in come autumn, I hope I have anything near the beauty you have fluttering all around you in my garden next year. We get swallowtails, but I've never seen any of the others in our neck of the woods...

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  8. Lovely photos. You know, that was one of the bigger adjustments I had to make about gardening in north Louisiana instead of central Texas - so fewer butterflies here! I've planted many, many plants for them but I guess if I'm just not in the flyway, I'm not going to get the dramatic numbers I was used to.

    Thank you for the reminder on your previous post about not giving into fear. I'm trying not to do with with our drought now. And I'm glad you all are having a much better summer.

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  9. Beautiful photos of butterflies, Kathleen. My favorite is the flock of Queen butterflies on the Gregg's Mistflower. I've never heard of that plant but it seems a worthwhile butterfly attractant. Enjoy your view from the porch. x0 N2

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