Butterfly Garden Success
I planted a garden with the express purpose of attracting butterflies, and it has been so rewarding.
I haven't gone out in weeks without swallowtails, both yellow tigers and eastern black swallowtails in the yard. There have been masses of silver spotted skippers, and an occasional monarch or gulf fritillary.
But today, there were three spicebush swallowtails chasing around, and they were such intense colors and they were a little small...but there was no "shagginess or wear on the wings and I wondered if my magnolia had been a host plant for them. My fennel seems untouched.
But there were also Buckeyes and several gulf frits. There was a huge yellow tiger swallowtail that had a good bit of black on it. It was some sort of aberrant coloring, and it was the largest butterfly I have ever seen. It kept flying toward me, not aggressively but lazily. There was a tawny edged skipper and many many sulfurs were just flitting from zinnia to zinnia. I have to admit there were many tiny gold colored butterflies too that I have yet to identify.
It was like watching living flowers flying through the air, and it seemed almost magical. I love to sit and watch them, and I find that I frequently search out other plants that are host or nectar sources for them. What a fun thing this is and I thank you for sharing your knowledge on this forum.