I love butterflies. I don't know anyone who doesn't. One of the things I enjoy about them are the designs and color on their wings.
Once you've worked with butterflies after awhile, you'll find that most fall into general categories. This is a Malachite butterfly. Adults feed on flower nectar, rotting fruit, dead animals, and bat dung. Yum!
Here in Tucson, we are home to a Swallowtail.....just not this one. This one hails from Southern and Eastern Africa.
But you'll find them here at the Tucson Botanical Gardens on display from now until April 30th.
Think about starting your own butterfly garden. In Tucson, we have a lot of butterflies
that visit our gardens. There's the Giant Swallowtail
, Pipevine Swallowtail
, Cloudless Sulphur, Grey Hairstreak, Marine Blue
, American Snout, Gulf Fritillary, Painted Lady, Queen
, Sara's Orangetip
and Fiery Skipper.
It's easy. Find the plants and the flowers and you'll discover a whole new world. It's just like birding in your own backyard. But instead of the birdseed, bring in plants that butterflies will love. As it warms up, so will your garden as you add an extra "dimension" to your place. Bird sounds, birds, fluttering butterflies, and lush green plants for lizards and crickets to chirp.....well you'll have an oasis for desert wildlife in no time!
Oh, I love butterflies, oh yes. There is nothing can stop me when I'm the land of butterflies.ReplyDelete
I love butterflies, gorgeous shots. I can not wait for summer. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
A pretty nice collection!ReplyDelete
We haven't seen any around here but it is still rather cold it's normal.
Wow they are so beautiful. I've just received many IDs of my butterflies identified by an authority in Singapore. Yours are really colorful, and i am amazed at the vividness of your photos. How were you able to pin them like that, as i know swallowtails don't stop fluttering their top wings even when they alight on a flower. I envy your photos, wonder how you were able to do those!ReplyDelete
Hello there! I'm not sure "pin" is the right word here:) These guys don't stay in one place to long and trying to anticipate their next moves is always a challenge. I took 500 pictures that day. Humidity was high so I had to give the camera time to adjust to the change of temps and moisture. I used the sports setting on my camera as I usually do with my live action shots. Sometimes, if I'm patient enough, I'll train my camera on one flower that I know is popular OR let the camera "hover" in a certain area and then it's a rapid fire of snap snap snap and a quick adjust on the manual. From 500, around 15 or 20 turned out rather nicely. Trickier than birds that's for sure. :)Delete
These photos are absolutely stunning!ReplyDelete
I too enjoy seeing butterflies. You captured some amazing shots of these beauties.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing their colorful patterns.
I must get to the butterfly exhibit before they close for the season. I enjoy it so much. Wonderful photos!ReplyDelete
Lovely shots. Those are some beautiful and delicate creatures.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous Butterfly photos. Haven't seen that first one before. Would love to see it flittering around my gardens.ReplyDelete
Cher Sunray Gardens
i probably need to add some more butterfly friendly plants, here. besides the wildflowers, i have a trumpet vine (and hopefully some morning glories coming up this year!)ReplyDelete
Best plants for attracting butterflies? You are insisting we do our own research... and now I must! Lovely photos, esp. the 2nd and 3rd ones, Chris!!ReplyDelete
Stunning photos of beautiful butterflies, Chris!! I miss the butterflies so much in the Winter and am so looking forward to seeing them here again soon. We have a Swallowtail in this country but it is only seen in one area and unfortunately I have never been there.ReplyDelete
You found some flutters then Chris! Nice shots mate, they will be with us soon, another 2 -3 weeks :-)ReplyDelete
I am still working on adding butterfly plants, but I see we garden in harmony together.ReplyDelete
Wow, gorgeous shots of those beautiful butterflies!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing.
I've planted a Buddeja (Butterfly Bush) in my garden to get more butterflies. The butterflies love the bush.
Have a great weekend.
Hi there, WOW---those butterflies are fabulous... You got some great shots of them... I love butterflies and can't wait til we have them here...ReplyDelete
Have a great weekend.
Those butterflies are just gorgeous. Gorgeous photos too!ReplyDelete
You have the best butterfly photos!ReplyDelete
Beautiful! Do you think that would work in metro Phoenix? Maybe I just need more than one plant. :-)ReplyDelete
Maybe;) BUT, I have seen butterflies abound in the metro. It was crazy. I don't even know where they came from! But I know it's possible:)Delete
I don't know why I can't leave a comment with my Wordpress ID...anyway...I love your butterfly photos!ReplyDelete