Butterflies In Our Garden and The Flowers They Love. Puddling of Butterflies.
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.
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 gardenClick thumbnail to view full-size
ButterfliesClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
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
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 butterfliesClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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)
- The Bluebirds And The Monarch Butterflies Have Come Home.
The Bluebirds And The Monarchs Have Came Home. The bluebirds are nesting in our backyard. The monarchs are in our milkweed garden. Come and take a look at the beauty of nature.
- Butterflies: Butterfly Facts and Butterfly Pictures
Everyone loves to look at butterflies but what do we really know about them? How long do they live? Where do they live? What do they like to eat? For answers to these and other questions, read on.
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