As you've seen this past month, the butterfly show has kicked into full gear and I won't be done for awhile with the finds.
Another rare treat to our desert is the Pipevine Butterfly. It's large blackish blue with dazzling dots.
Last year I hadn't seen many of them but this year, they've been everywhere! In fact, this butterfly stopped by El Presidio one day and had the residents oooing and ahhing. I was shocked. Why?
This particular butterfly is threatened or endangered in some areas, but I don't think it is here as it has a large range to flutter about.
This butterfly loves all kinds of plants like the infamous butterfly bush, vincas, lantanas, verbena, and milkweed. But there are certainly many more plants that it will visit. It's tricky here in Arizona because in spring, we love our wildflower gardens but we can also pick millions of other themes for our places.....like the Butterfly Garden!!! My Butterfly Garden hasn't begun yet because the fountain hasn't gone into the space....but when it does, these colorful and magnificent plants will go into that spot.
September is the month of the butterfly here. An explosion really. And if you set your garden up right , your guests will feel like they're walking in one of those cheesy Disney movies. Plus you'll be the talk of the neighborhood. Today's photo shoot was taken at the Ash Canyon B & B. And the garden is by Mary Jo.