Enjoy these pictures of just a few of our many resident butterflies. We have identified over 32 in the  gardens and will hopefully be able to introduce you to them when you come visit Flying Flowers. 

SPANGLED FRITT ON BEE BALM

 

Here is a Great Spangled Fritillary in Bee Balm, a favorite of both Hummingbirds and butterflies

SILVER SPOTTED SKIPPER

 Silver spotted skipper- small but plentiful in the gardens

Hanging off for that last little drop of nectar, this Monarch will be ready for it's journey to Mexico.

MONARCH NECTARING

Check out this picture which follows: And you thought butterflies only "drank "nectar- these butterflies are in ashes from our campfire- they are going after the minerals in the wet ashes.

BUTTERFLIES PUDDLING ON ASH

 This shot below is of a Pipevine Swallowtail- notice the red spots on its wings when closed- scroll down for what this beauty looks like when it is fully extended. Quite a difference, and it really challenges your observation skills

PIPEVINE ON BUTTERFLY BUSH

 This Spangled Fritillary is enjoying the nectar from swamp milkweed- one of the most fragrant natives in our wild areas.

SPANGLED FRITT ON MILKWEED

 Here is the Pipevine as it is fully extended- no red, no yellow just soothing blue.

BEAUTIFUL PIPEVINE ON GOOSENECK

 This stargazer Lily was given to us by my mother,Lilies and peonies were her favorites and every year she would send us more to plant. When you look at this picture I hope you see the beauty in both these wonders of nature. 

TIGER SWALLOWTAIL ON A STARGAZER LILY

 This beauty is a Question Mark, yes that is what is called. 

QUESTION MARK BUTTERFLY