Butterflies on a butterfly bush.

wbonesteel(7)September 18, 2013

We planted the butterfly bush late last spring. It's now about three feet tall, but hasn't filled out, yet. otoh, it's already a butterfly magnet!

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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Just beautiful!! The pipevine swallowtail and buckeye are knockouts, as is the butterfly bush!

Sherry

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 3:47PM
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wbonesteel(7)

Here's the best pic I could get of the swallowtail. This is the only time I saw it when it's wings weren't fluttering.

There were smaller butterflies on the bush, as well, but they never stopped moving long enough to get a pic of them.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 4:02PM
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BERGER123(4b-5a)

Do you have pipvine? From the looks of the pipvine swallowtail I think it's a female but I could be wrong

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 5:22PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

It's a male pipevine swallowtail. He's got a tear in his wings, but isn't his blue coloring gorgeous?

Sherry

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 7:00PM
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caterwallin

Pretty pictures! I'm glad that the butterfly bush is doing so well attracting the flying jewels for you. If you need any pipevine seeds, Aristolochia macrophylla is just one kind of seed that I'll be giving away in my seed giveaway (for a padded envelope and postage) in a couple months. Pipevine Swallowtails are my very favorite kind of butterfly cat to raise! Congrats on having them and the Common Buckeyes show up at your place!
Cathy

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 8:56PM
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GreatPlains1(7OK)

Great pictures. I think I have that same variety of Butterflybush. It has soft bluish leaves. Darn you, I can't hardly ever can get two butterflies in one shot, they move too fast.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 11:58PM
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wbonesteel(7)

I got lucky w/the swallowtail. I didn't think I'd ever get a shot of him, but he finally settled down for a few seconds on one flower, then a few seconds on another. That was it. He was constantly moving.

Caterwallin, I appreciate the offer, but we have about all of the flowers we can handle in the room that is available to us. We have over two thousand plus bulbs and flowers in the front gardens alone. Almost every square inch in two flower beds is filled with flower bulbs and roots. All but one of the other flower beds are almost as full. I'm *trying* to keep the rest of the front garden as edible landscaping.

The flowers help to attract pollinators and beneficial insects for the edible garden. Plus, from time to time, I get to take pretty pics, and share the beauty with others!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 1:31AM
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surya55_gw

How lovely! I love it when you get two species in one shot! Great job with the bush!

Sherry- someone told me that when they have a tear like what's above, it means that a bird tried to catch it (bird strike). Is this true? Thanks for always sharing your knowledge with us "newbies" :-) Nerry

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 10:30AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

You're welcome, Nerry!

I've heard that, too, but I've never actually seen that happen, never even seen a bird go after a butterfly. Even nesting birds tend to feed their babies cricket or grasshopper insides (they pluck the legs and hard body parts off) and not caterpillars.

There are many things that can tear a butterfly's delicate wings - thorns on rose bushes, a mantis grabbing for the wing - I've seen this, any type sharp thing they come in contact with.

Sherry

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 11:10AM
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surya55_gw

Hmmm makes me wonder- you're right I can imagine them getting snagged on anything....

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 5:30PM
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hawaiiponder34

So thats what butterfly bush blooms look like? So pretty, no wonder they like it
;-)

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 8:39PM
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Kvothe

I was walking today and near my home there 4-5 butterfly bushes. One was full of butterflies, I counted at least 12! How amazing, I am going to get me one for next Spring

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 11:11AM
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Tony G(5a)

wbonesteel, what type of butterfly is that? Do you know the name? Tony

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 12:12AM
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JordanWalker

The butterflies in the photo is so beautiful. My girlfriend loves watching these lovely creatures. Their wings are so attractive because of the lovely different colors. My girlfriend told me when she was little she found a pupa and after a few days, she get to check it again but she was so worried as it was already empty. So she did ask her mum what had happened, then her mum explained her everything. She then realize how amazing it is to have an ugly pupa turned into a lovely butterfly. From that day on, butterfly became her ultimate favourite.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 4:28AM
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JordanWalker

The butterflies in the photo is so beautiful. My girlfriend loves watching these lovely creatures. Their wings are so attractive because of the lovely different colors. My girlfriend told me when she was little she found a pupa and after a few days, she get to check it again but she was so worried as it was already empty. So she did ask her mum what had happened, then her mum explained her everything. She then realize how amazing it is to have an ugly pupa turned into a lovely butterfly. From that day on, butterfly became her ultimate favourite.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 4:31AM
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