Tiny Blooms For Tiny Butterflies

bob_71(z7 MD)September 12, 2010

It seems that my best blooms for attracting small butterflies are the smallest and most clustered. This was my first year for a mint called Wild Mint or Meadow Mint (Mentha Arvensis). I ordered three bare root plants and all three thrived and bloomed all summer (still in bloom). The Hairstreaks and Tailed Blues were constantly at them. Another new one for me was the Garlic Chives...it was recommended to deter voles but it turned out to have beautiful blooms and has also been a big favorite with the small butterflies. I would like to share a few shots of the small guys, some on small blooms, some on Cabbage!


Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) on Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum).

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) on Wild Mint (Mentha arvensis).

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) basking (upper view).

Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)0n cabbage.

Eastern Tailed Blue (Cupido comyntas).

Eastern Tailed Blue (Cupido comyntas) top view.

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runmede(7a Virginia)

Very nice. I got some shots of a White M Hairstreak. I'll have to post them. When the fragrant boneset begins to bloom, they show up for the feast.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 11:11AM
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jeanner(SW Ohio - Z6)

I'm having the same fun with the little guys, they are so tolerant of the camera it really makes it fun! Great shots all around but I love the eastern tailed blue topside! I have yet to see a red-banded hairstreak :(

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 2:42PM
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The flowers on Garlic Chives really do attract the butterflies, especially the small ones. The Snouts love them, too. My only problem with them is they have such a short, short bloom time. I must remember to plant some alliums to attract the spring butterflies........

BTW - beautiful photos, Bob!


    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 3:57PM
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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

Wow Bob. These are really gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2010 at 6:59AM
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I've even found that common mint, in pots, is an attractor for hairstreaks and the smaller butterflies.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2010 at 3:24PM
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So sweet! I'll have to try the alliums and the mint in pots.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2010 at 7:57PM
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