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Butterflies In Our Garden and The Flowers They Love. Puddling of Butterflies.

Updated on May 2, 2017

Butterflies In Our Yard.

I like taking a picture with my little Kodak camera. Butterflies are my favorite thing to photograph. We have lots of butterflies in our garden and plenty of flowers for them. I have found out that their favorite flowers are lilacs, roses, hollyhocks, snow on the mountain, hydrangea, and honeysuckle, dandelion, clover and a yellow bush I have that I can’t name. I rarely if ever see them in the beautiful peonies or in the lilies. They love the milkweed garden and we have a big milkweed garden that we didn't plant. It came up on its own. They also love the thistles. We use to have a big patch of thistles but for some reason they have disappeared.

I have tried to put the name of all the butterflies on here. I may be wrong on some, but I don’t think I am.

The flowers to the right are carnations and hollyhocks. My hollyhocks are always loaded with butterflies and bees. They also love bee balm one of their favorites, but the deer hate bee balm. When my peonies come up in the spring the butterflies will be right on them.

My flowers

 Zabulon Skipper
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Eastern Tiger Swallowtails.

We have so many of the eastern tiger swallowtails. I like them because they are friendly butterflies. They will pose for a picture and almost follow me around the yard. They lay their eggs in trees. We have lots of trees. Our back yard is mostly maple trees. There are so many trees that it shades the whole backyard and looks like a huge canopy. You will see a photo of the swallowtails on the ground in puddles getting water. This is called puddling. Swallowtails are usually yellow, but some females will be black. The black and white butterfly in the photos is either a spicebush swallowtail or a female swallowtail. I can't tell which it is. The yellow swallowtail is on a lilac bush, honeysuckle bush and the flowers of a burning bush.

I put some blackberries that had gotten old and soft by the squirrel feeder for the squirrels. Well, the black butterflies went crazy over them. I guess because of the sweetness of the juice.

Butterflies in our garden

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail | Source
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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail | Source
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail | Source

Butterflies

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Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) on a snow on the moutain flowerSpicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) on a snow on the moutain flower
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) on a snow on the moutain flower | Source
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) | Source
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) | Source
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) | Source
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
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Karner Blue Butterfly.

I have always known we had Karner blue butterflies in our yard and meadow. I was sure I had seen them and I called the DNR here and let them know they were in this area and to ask them what I should plant in my garden for them. They kind of keep track of them here because they are on the federal endangered list. He told me if I could plant some wild lupines that would help because that is what they love. I went to the garden center and they had the wild seeds for lupine. We planted them but have had no luck with them growing. Female Karners only lay their eggs on wild lupine. There must be some lupine close around here. I have seen it growing wild along the highway. I'm going to try again planting some more seeds. I was watching the highway guys cut the grass along the highway wondering why they would do that and cut down all the wildflowers. I guess it has to do with fire and worry over that especially with it being so dry this year.

I saw the two little blue butterflies flying around in my yard I had to get a picture. I was all over the yard after them. They're flighty little characters and they're about the size of a nickel. They were hopping around from clover to clover never opening their wings up so I couldn't get a good picture with their open wings. My husband's in the house yelling at me that it's 6:30 time to eat. I was almost standing on my head out in the yard trying to get the photos I did get. On this hub you’re seeing the best ones I took

Karner Blue Butterfly

Karner Blue Butterfly.
Karner Blue Butterfly. | Source

The Mourning Cloak Butterfly love to hang out on tree trunks. They blend and camouflaged so well it's hard to see them on the trees. The Mourning Cloak is a butterfly that hibernate through our cold Wisconsin winters.

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Mourning Cloak Butterfly
Mourning Cloak Butterfly
This could be either a Goldenrod moth' or maybe a 'Wittfeld's Forester moth but I don't believe it is a butterfly.
This could be either a Goldenrod moth' or maybe a 'Wittfeld's Forester moth but I don't believe it is a butterfly. | Source
 Zabulon Skipper on a chive flower.
Zabulon Skipper on a chive flower. | Source
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) on milkweed flower.
Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) on milkweed flower. | Source

Many More Butterflies.

The rest of the photos are of all the other butterflies around the yard. We have many, I am sure there are people who get much more than we do in other parts of the country.

We have a large milkweed patch and this brings in lots of butterflies they all seem to like milkweed. I've tried to name them all and hope that I have the right names on them.

The little tiny black spotted butterfly is about the size of a dime. I believe this is a moth, but I thought it was so pretty and it was way down in the grass so really hard to get a good photo of it.

I always look forward to the butterflies around our home. They are so beautiful.

Many kinds of butterflies

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Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela)Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela)Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly in the milkweed patch.Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly. Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) on a milkweed.Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela)
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Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela)
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Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly in the milkweed patch.
Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly in the milkweed patch. | Source
Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly.
Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly. | Source
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) on a milkweed.
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) on a milkweed. | Source
Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)
Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis) | Source
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
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Butterfly Puddling

Butterfly Puddling.

Butterflies puddle in our garden, they really like to after we have watered the garden or after a rain.You can make your own puddle for butterflies. Check this website and learn how. The photos below are all ones I took in our yard. The first one is butterflies puddling on old blackberries I put in the yard.

Male butterflies puddle for their sperm. They need more salts and minerals. They
can get this from mud puddles in the yard made from either rain or your hose
after watering lawn and gardens. Once they mate with the female they will pass
all the good nutrients on to her for the health of her eggs.

The Tiger Swallowtail butterflies in the video are puddling in our garden right after we had just watered.

Butterfly Puddle

We have the beautiful Monarch butterflies. Their favorite place is the milkweed in our meadow. I have a hub on the monarch with pictures of their eggs and the caterpillars. I don't know if you can see the monarch flying around the milkweed patch way in the back of the photo.

The milkweed is called common milkweed. It has so many names also known as (Silkweed, Milkplant, silk grass, common silkweed, cottonweed, milkweed, wild cotton, Virginia-silk, algodoncillo, silky swallowwort)

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      Cheryl M. 13 months ago

      Really lovely butterflies. By the way, that isn't a spicebush swallowtail, but a species I've never seen in real life and would love to . . . a white admiral. And probably it isn't a karner blue--the blues have multiple similar varieties and I'm not an expert, but I suspect it isn't a Karner.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 19 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Your photos are stunning! I just had to take another look at this hub. I adore butterflies, caterpillars... not so much. A pity, because one can't have one without the other. :) Thanks for the wander through your garden and for those beautiful flying flowers.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautiful article. I love butterflies, but there are getting less and less of them in my garden, which is sad, I have plenty of plants that they like, but I think there are too many other pests around these days.

      Here's to a great spring 2015 in the USA and may many butterflies survive.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      loki1982, Thank you so much for stopping by I appreciate it.

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      Jared 3 years ago from Dallas

      Beautiful photographs. I love doing macro photography and butterflies are one of the things I love to photograph.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Au fait, Thank you I know I love color boards so I appreciate you pinning them.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Really enjoy this article and all the beautiful photos. Even though I pinned it before, this time I pinned it again to my 'Purple II' board. My color boards (and Christmas board) seem to get the most traffic. Also sharing again.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      rebeccamealey, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by and for the share.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Dolores Monet, Thank you for stopping by. I think the monarchs do need help we had so few this year.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wow, moonlake, your photos are very impressive! Thanks for sharing, and I shall share in return!

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Great pictures and the video was wonderful. I understand that monarchs need milkweed plants and will encourage them to grow in the garden. I think that I heard that Eastern monarchs are in decline, must help them out!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Crystal Tatum, Thank you so much and thanks for stopping by.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      What a gorgeous sanctuary you have created. I very much enjoyed your lovely pictures. Voting up and sharing.

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      Now I know what the yellow butterfly in our yard are - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. I had a lot of those in the yard this year, but not many other butterflies. I love all the photos.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Faith Reaper, I need a new camera my little Kodak is acting up and I get very upset with it when I can't get the picture fast. I was watching my little dog walk around with the red dragon flies landing on his rear and I couldn't get the camera to focus in so I could get a picture.

      Thanks for stopping by and for the vote and sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      This is such a beautiful hub here. Your garden full of butterflies is so lovely! Your little Kodack camera sure does a great job there with these amazing photos. Maybe I need to get one, or it may just be you, the great photographer.

      I really need to get busy planting plants that attract butterflies. My granddaughters would just love all the butterflies. They love to help plant flowers already.

      Up ++++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      thelyricwriter, Thank you for stopping by. We love the butterflies here and all the photos were taken in our garden last year. This year very few butterflies.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Revisited this one, shared on FB. Once again, very beautiful pictures Moonlake. I always enjoy the summer because of the beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      AudreyHowitt, Thanks so much for taking a walk through my garden.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for taking me on a journey through your garden! I also lobve butterflies!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Jackie Lynnley, I think the butterflies stayed in the south because it was so cold in the north this year. It's 64 in the house today and we're trying not to turn the heat on. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I got some butterfly pictures this week. I have seen more butterflies this summer than in my whole life total. Your photography is very good.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Thank you I appreciate it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

      This one's also going onto "My Monarch Butterfly Board" at Pinterest.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      sgbrown, My husband mows a path through our meadow so we can walk all the way around it. It's fun to walk down and look at the milkweed garden and see how butterflies there are, not many this year to cold I think we have been wearing jackets. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      vespawoolf, Thank you for stopping by I appreicate it. We don't have many butterflies this year to cold I think.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I love to watch the butterflies in the garden and meadows. We generally have tons of butterflies in the meadow and I always hate running the lawn mower through them, hopefully they all get out of the way! I let the meadow grow up, without getting too high, just because I love the wild flowers and butterflies. Beautiful hub! Voting up and beautiful! :)

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I enjoyed this photo gallery of butterflies in your garden that I decided to come back and browse it again. Swallowtails have always been a favorite of mine. Thank you for sharing!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Indian Chef , Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate the vote and sharing.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Very beautiful pictures. voting it up, awesome, interesting and sharing.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, Thank you I'm glad you like them. Thanks so much for coming by.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Peggy W, Thank you I appreciate it. :-)

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You t6ake some pretty wonderful pictures with your little camera. I love them. Beautiful pictures and awesome hub.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Just pinned your Eastern Tiger Swallowtail to my butterflies and insects board. You are well represented there! :))

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      mecheshier, Thank you much appreciated.

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Fabulous Hub.Voted up for beautiful. Thanks for sharing

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Insightful Tiger, Thank you and thanks for stopping by and for sharing.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Paul Kuehn, Thanks for stopping by. Thank you so much for the vote, share, pin and tweet. I try to get good photos but my camera acts up every so often and I miss good ones.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Awww I love all your great pictures. Butterflies are so beautiful and your little kodak gets a "job well done!". Thanks for sharing :)

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      moonlake,

      Your photos of butterflies are very beautiful. When I lived in Maryland, I had a butterfly bush next to the garage that attracted so many big butterflies. The flowers of the bush were purple, but I never learned the name of the bush. Great hub! Voted up and sharing. Also Pinning and Tweeting

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Peggy W, We actually had 68 today. The kids in town were wearing shorts. Thank you for the pin.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hopefully it will warm up soon in your neck of the woods and stay seasonably warm...enough to plant your garden. Going to pin this hub into a board that I will create on Pinterest. Love your photos!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I wish I could see a monarch. You don't know how much this weather is getting me down. The temp this morning was 9 last year it was 68. My mother ask me the other day if my husband was planting yet. I told her he would have to move the snow first. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Am sure you are looking forward to warmer weather ahead and the return of your beautiful butterflies. We had such a mild winter this past year. We can look out of our windows and see butterflies on a daily basis since we have year round flowers of one type or another. I don't know the names of many...but I definitely saw a monarch butterfly the other day. Probably heading up north for the summer months ahead. Sharing!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      blondey, It is so nice to see all of them and when I see one I've never seen before I get excited about it and run around the yard trying to get a picture. Sometimes I just can't catch up with them. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      ignugent17, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Deborah Brooks, Thanks no problem go right ahead and link.

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      Rosemary Amrhein 4 years ago from Boston, MA

      Beautiful pictures, oh how exciting and theraputic and wonderful it must be to have such butterflies near you to watch and photograph!

      This is amazing....because butterflies are a symbol of change, growth, metamorfis (spelling) into something extraordinary and BEAUTIFUL.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Thanks for the information. They look so pretty. :-)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      It's Valentine's Day tomorrow.. I am looking for poems and hubs for Valentine day to link to my hub

      GREY SKIES I STILL LOVE YOU.

      and Flowers are wonderful for valentines .. i know I like them..lol

      so I want to link this hub with mine if that's alright.

      many blessings to you

      Debbie

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      rajan jolly, Thank you I enjoy walking in my garden and taking pictures. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Your garden seems to be full of flowers for all these butterflies to come here. Awesome butterflies and you really took some neat looking pics.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Eddy, Thank you. My little camera doesn't do to bad a job on taking pictures. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful hub and the photos are amazing too.I vote up and share.Thank you so much for sharing this gem and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      dingyskipper, Thanks for stopping by. I miss the butterflies when winter comes. I know it will be along time before we see another one.

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      Carolyn 4 years ago from Northamptonshire

      Fantastic, I used to belong to butterfly conservation . Here in England we have some nice butterflies, and I have seen some of the ones you have in butterfly farms

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      chef-de-jour, Thanks for stopping by. We had one huge moth fly around the flowers on our deck and I tried my best to get his picture but I didn't get my camera in time. Thank you so much for stopping by I appreciate it and thanks for the vote.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Suzie HQ, Walked around the garden and down into the milkweed garden yesterday and all the pretty visiters are gone. We had a frost last night so our winter is on it's way here. Thanks so much for stopping by glad you liked the hub and thanks for the vote.

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      Andrew Spacey 5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Thanks for the beautiful images moonlake. You have captured in a few seconds the wondrous designs of these short lived and fragile visitors - great job. I can just see you closing in on a specimen before it flies off to the next refuelling station!

      As you note some butterflies are actually moths - so difficult to tell the difference sometimes - which fly in daylight. In the UK we have a few sun loving moths but most are nocturnal;they have the most fascinating names some of them....Neglected Rustic, The Drinker, 5 spot Burnet ....

      I'll vote for this hub.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi moonlake,

      What gorgeous photos and guide on the visitors your garden receives!

      Loved the pics you used to capture one of the most delicate and beautiful creatures we have, great job! Voted up ++++ and shared

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      RTalloni, Thanks for coming by. There's more than a slight change in the air here it has actually tuned cold. We're trying to keep from turning on the heat but some mornings it's hard not to. I appreciate your comment.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing your garden flowers and butterflies with us. You hollyhocks are just beautiful, as are the butterflies. There's a bit of change in our air, slight cooling, less of our oppressive southern summer, and its making me look forward to fall when we have some of our best photo opportunities. :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      vespawoolf, I have to agree it is work getting the pictures. I look like a fool running around trying to take these. I just hope people driving by don't think I've gone nuts. Some of them I had to get right down on the ground to take. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote and shared.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      What beautiful photos! I know from experience that taking photos of butterflies is no easy task and requires much patience. Awesome work! Voted up and shared.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Peggy W, Thank you so glad you stopped by my hub and enjoyed it. We don't have as many around now. The temp has dropped here to 63. Thanks for the vote.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Such a beautiful hub with all of the many butterflies you captured with your camera. We also have many fluttering through our yard on a daily basis. They are always a delight to see. Up and beautiful votes!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      noel autor, Thanks so much for stopping by. We are lucky for the butterflies we have in the yard. I appreciate you leaving a comment.

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      noel autor 5 years ago

      What a delight to have those butterflies in your yard. Here in my place butterflies are scarce.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      DeborahNeyens, Thank you all taken with my little kodak camera. Thanks for vote and thanks for stopping by for a visit.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Love the photos in this hub. Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Vinaya Ghimire, Your welcome. I'm so glad your liked the hub. I would love to see pictures of butterflies from your country. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Green Bard, Thank you so glad you liked my hub. I appreciate you stopping and leaving a comment and thanks for the vote.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      It is said there are 800 species of butterflies in my country.But unfortunately I have not taken so much time to photograph these lovely creatures. Your pictures and descriptions of butterflies both are wonderful.

      PS: Thanks for reading and commenting my hub about self-hypnosis.

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Tenerife

      I just voted up and awesome for this hub! I love butterflies and am so glad to hear they are doing OK where you are. That is brilliant that you have all that Milkweed for the Monarchs too.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      thelyricwriter, Thank you glad you enjoyed the hub. I love the butterflies in the yard. It's so much fun to watch them. It's like bird watching. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Moonlake, amazing hub! I like butterflies, especially all the symbolism behind them. These are some great pics! Beautiful flowers as well. They both go great together. I never knew about all the different types and names, but it was fun to learn.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      FaithDream, You welcome glad you liked them. Today I saw a swallowtail caterpillar fall out of the tree and land on our deck. I got my camera and was going to take a picture when a bird flew down and got the caterpillow before I could get out the door. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      shiningirisheyes, Your welcome I'm glad you liked it. I always thank of hollyhocks in front of a little house with a picket fence. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Your photos are beautiful. I love butterflies in the garden. My favorite is the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. As you can see, I use that butterfly as my branding... Thanks for sharing these lovely photos.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I love to grow hollyhocks and yours are gorgeous! Thank you for the pleasant read and photos on two of my favorite topics - butterflies and flowers.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      JayeWisdom, I also had problems growing them but these just seem to take off. Many years ago I had double ones but have never been able to grow the doubles since. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment,

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      AliciaC, Thank you glad you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for leaving a comment and visiting my hub.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Movie Master, Thank you glad you liked the hub. They are pretty and so interesting to watch. Thanks so much for your comment, vote and shared. I appreciate it.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I love the photos and am so impressed that you know the names of all the varied butterflies that visit your garden! I swooned over your hollyhocks, which I tried to grow with no success. Now I must try again.

      Jaye

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the photos, moonlake! Butterflies look so lovely, and you've captured their appearance beautifully. This is a very enjoyable hub.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Moonlake, I am so envious of all the beautiful butterflies in your garden, the spicebush swallowtail is a real beauty! love your hollyhocks too!

      A wonderful, interesting hub, loved it thank you, voting up and shared.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Team Wiseman, Really I did not know that, but I will try it. Glad you liked the hub. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Team Wiseman 5 years ago

      Butterflies also love bananas! So if your not blessed enough to have such a beautiful flower garden but still want to see nature at it's best then hang a bunch of bananas on your fence and enjoy this ghetto butterfly show!

      Great hub!!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      The Dirt Farmer, Thank you the hollyhocks I planted from seeds that were sent to me by a friend. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      Jill Spencer 5 years ago from United States

      Your hollyhocks look great! You have a real butterfly-lover's garden.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      TToombs08, Thank you and glad you enjoyed my hub. So nice of you to stop by.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      moonlake, I LOVED your pictures! And your hub is so very interesting and was a joy to read. Wonderful job! VUM.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Mhatter99, Thank you. I love cosmos but didn't plant any this year. They won't last through the winter here. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      unknown spy, Thank you so glad you stopped by and enjoyed my hub. I appreciate having you visit here.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Great report and amazing pictures. In my garden the butterflies seem to like the cosmos

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Amazing amazing!! butterflies are soft creatures and very lovely, and your hub captured it all.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      thumbi7, Thank you it's a little weedy right now and the potato beetles are eating everything in sight. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Hyphenbird, My camera was just awful yesterday when I was trying to get the blue butterfly. It just wouldn't focus right. Thank you so glad you liked the photos. Thanks for stopping by.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      WannaB Writer, I guess there are many different kinds of milkweed. I will have to find out what the name of mine is. Thank you so much for commenting, glad you liked the hub.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      carol7777, Thank you for checking out my butterfly hub. They give me exercise just running around the yard trying to get their picture. I appreciate you coming by and the up vote.