This Morning's Visitors

Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady LakeAugust 23, 2014

On a super rare occasion, I actually took a true camera into the yard with me this morning. This is who decided to pose for me.

Pipevine Swallowtail

Monarch (Yes, one finally showed up the other day and has been hanging around the past few mornings)

Black Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Sulphur (Not sure on Clouded or Cloudless)

Longtail Skipper

Gulf Fritillary

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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for posting :-)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 4:27PM
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I'm so jealous. I have frits and skippers and the occasional sulfur, but I hardly ever see swallowtails anymore since they cut down so much of the citrus around here.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 4:46PM
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whgille(FL 9b)

Beautiful pictures! you did a good job getting all those butterflies and your garden is looking happy with all the flowers.


    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 6:58PM
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I am impressed!

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:38PM
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Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake

Thanks folks. I had some trouble getting some of these to pose just right, they're such divas and impossible to work with. The Pipevine was especially difficult. She just wouldn't pose with her wings open. The above pic was caught in mid-stretch and even then I didn't get the full effect of the blue iridescence. Still, there were some who just refused, like the Blue Cassius who wouldn't sit still and the Zebra Swallowtail who just passed through the garden. Still, it is fun going out there every morning to see if any new types come visiting.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 7:54AM
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Gotta love the butterflies

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 1:00PM
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Wonderful collection. Thank you for labeling them. It's a keeper!
Does your mexican flame vine usually bloom in hot weather?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 4:47PM
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Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake

It is not Mex. Flame Vine but Mex. Sunflower. I started it from seed back in Feb and it grew to about 5-6 ft by August. It has been blooming nonstop since July, maybe even in June, I do not rightly recall.

(Edit: I looked at a picture I took on Jul 15th and the Mex. Sunflower was just beginning to bloom then. Perhaps it will bloom sooner next year since it is now established? Time will tell.)

This post was edited by Leekle2ManE on Wed, Aug 27, 14 at 13:11

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 7:40PM
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