Peredovik sunflowers a nectar source?

Tony G(5a)July 29, 2011

When I walked into the back yard this morning it was a glorious butterfly day. 5 monarchs, 1 BST, and one red admiral fluttering around the yard. (That is the most monarchs I have ever seen in my yard PRE liatris blooms...can't wait until it blooms in a week or so!)

as I walked by our Peredovik Sunflowers I had to do a double take. There was a monarch nectaring (I saw the proboscis) on them. It went to two of the flowers.

Is this common? Was he/she just checking it out? I planted those for the birds...did not expect any butterflies nectaring from it!

Tony

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runmede(7a Virginia)

Monarchs love sunflowers and so do many other butterflies. Sunflower is listed as a host plant for many butterflies, too. Watch out for caterpillars eating your plants. Make sure you identify them before you assume they are a pest.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 7:29AM
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