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Peredovik sunflowers a nectar source?

Posted by coolbutterfly 4b (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 29, 11 at 16:47

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!


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RE: Peredovik sunflowers a nectar source?

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.

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