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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Flutterbies & More

Despite having several wildflower gardens with a variety of blooms, there hasn’t been much butterfly activity in the Frog & PenguINN gardens. Today, there were a couple of monarch butterflies and some black swallowtails fluttering around on a windy afternoon.

monarch collage0825 Black swallowtails were trying to grasp onto blowing flowers.

swallowtail collageA skipper and white cabbage butterfly . . .

skipper collageThe wildflowers are VERY tall now.tall wildflowers0825 (3)Grenville thinks that he sprinkled a bit more seeds than needed.

tall wildflowers0825 (4)This house sparrow kept a watch on the feeders . . .

swallow collage0825This cardinal wouldn’t share with others – maybe he was having a bad feather day?.

cardinal collage0825

 

18 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

Just love those butterflies. :)) All the images are great, but those butterflies are super special.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

You captured the butterflies perfectly, you are so blessed to have them flying around.
So that is a Black Swallowtail. I had one today and tried to capture it but it was so fast. I got a few pics but somewhat fuzzy. How do you get them so clear?

Beautiful!

grammie g said...

HI Beatrice...Aw beauties every one of them ...I really like Black Swallow tail ...we don't see then here!!
Hope all is well there !!
Grace

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful series. Love those Butterfly shots!

JoJo said...

The butterflies and the flowers are beautiful. Nice job getting those pictures;.

A Quiet Corner said...

Butterflies are one of my personal favorites! Search Aruba on my blog and look for the Butterfly Farm...:)JP

Mama-Bug said...

Love this! What a cheerful start to my morning!

Sandra said...

Love the fluttery butterflies.. i really love it when the breeze is moving the flowers and the flying flowers are sticking to them and waving to me. makes me happy and so do your photos of them

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

Beautiful photographs! I really like that black butterfly!
We have had lots of butterflies here this year but it seems we were amongst the few that did. Beautiful cardinal even if he has a bad feather day :-) :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Daisy said...

I love your butterfly photos, Beatrice. Your wildflowers are really pretty. You can't have too many of those! :)

Elaine said...

Beautiful photos of activity in your backyard! I'm with Grenville--I always seed the wildflowers extra thick. The good part of that is the weeds don't have quite as much room to take over, not that they don't try very hard. I like your cardinal--they never look very happy, but he does look like he's having a bad hair day!

NCmountainwoman said...

Lovely photographs. We seem to have had fewer butterflies this year. Glad to see yours.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Glad that Everyone enjoyed the butterflies as much as I did!

Lois, the monarch is my favorite.

Tammy, the monarchs seem to stay on the flowers awhile, but I too have trouble with the swallowtails which seem to flutter constantly, so I take LOTS of photos and hope for some good captures.

Hi Grace (Grammie G) glad you got to see the black swallowtail on this post. We haven't had many visitors this year.

THANKS Mona & Jo-Jo

Hi JP, checked out the Aruba Butterfly Farm link and it's simply amazing.

Hi Christine (Mama-Bug) glad to start your day off well!

Sandra, the breeze was really kicking up on the wildflowers and the monarch was just hanging on tight, every now and then the breeze would stop so I could capture a shot.

Christer, I've seen some of your butterfly shots on your posts and you surely did have a great variety and colorful too! That poor cardinal was really having a terrible feather day!

Thanks Daisy, we agree (as you can see) that you can't have TOO many wildflowers...or butterflies, although we have had fewer this year and with MORE flowers...very odd.

Yes, Elaine, the weeds are in among the wildflowers, but we just can't see them as easily and also don't look!

Thanks NCmountainwoman. We have had far less butterflies this year too.

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

That rakish little immature cardinal is a sweetie...we have a couple in our backyard.
Thanks for dropping in on thefeatherednest

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks Delores for the visit and the blender pie recipes. I'll let you know if substituting butternut squash for pumpkin works out OK.

Anvilcloud said...

Do you weed the wildflower garden? If not, will it give way to weeds and decline in time?

Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos !

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

AC, this is the first year for the large wildflower meadow. It's large so we do not weed it. We didn't weed the smaller ones either lats year. At the end of the season, we will chop down anything left standing and it will become mulch for the next growing season.

THanks Elaine, I enjoyed your recent ones as well.

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