Sunday, May 24, 2009

Black Butterflies, Take 2,

The lantana and asters really know how to attract the butterflies. By July our sidewalk will be so thick with butterflies that traffic literally stops to watch them. Actually, they're usually watching me taking photos of them. "What are you taking pictures of?" Some stop their car and walk up to watch and I enjoy telling them about the plants and helping them identify each colorful flutterby. Well, those I can ID myself anyway. The black ones are a challenge, as I've already stated. Here are a few photos to show you what I mean. Feel free to ID them for me - we'll compare notes and see how off I am in my research.

I've been catching up on John's blog at Born Again Birdwatcher today. His series of posts about Japanese Gardens is food for thought, and his photos are exquisite. Reading these posts and immersing myself into each photograph I could feel my shoulders relax and I felt calmed. Nature in all her forms is critical to our well being. Butterflies have their scientific purpose of pollination, but their unscientific purpose is simply to bring JOY to the world. Gardens invite us to stop and feel, really feel, the world. And no garden would be complete without butterflies.


Diane said...

I enjoy time in the garden too. With my bad back I have had to drastically reduce the size and how I garden - just a few raised beds compared to the acres of lush flowers I used to do. I still enjoy the process so much. The trees are just about ready to begin popping open their leaves, the hardy rhubarb is about 6-8 inches high already, the daylilies are 6" above ground, and the other day a few of the tulips began to break ground. No butterflies but green is beginning to show its face up here!

Eve said...

I will be picking up some Lantana today Debi! I see the intermediate female Eastern Swallowtail there in the middle, it looks just what is in my book. Spicebush on the bottom right. Wow so much to learn!!! Thanks Debi! The photos are stunning.

Daniel Spurgeon said...

Tricky. :) My best guess with trying to match the patterns up with the field guide:

(Photo # from left to right- starting in upper left corner)

Black Swallowtail (1,2,8)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (4,5)
Spicebush Swallowtail (3,6,9)
Pipevine Swallowtail (7)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful collage!

Anonymous said...

wow I thought they were all the same butterfly. incredible, post and blog. Your site has kept me pretty busy and I haven't even explored it yet and I'm already passing your name around. anyways..... I joined the Cornell Bird Lab and tried to find the button and I have e.mail them as well. any help on how you found that wonderful site? We listened to bird song for over an hour this morning, my honey and I.
peace n abundance


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