Friday, November 2, 2012

Fall butterflies

In hopes of learning myself and sharing with others, here are the fall butterflies that are visiting our Wildscape (yesterday I read up on how to tell the difference between a queen and a soldier)...

Bordered patch
Gulf fritillary
Variegated fritillary
Texan crescent
Monarchs (in love)
Southern dogface
American snout
Gray hairstreak
Fiery skipper
Little yellow
Cloudless sulphur
Red admiral
Common mestra
Phaon crescent
Silvery checkerspot
American lady
Painted lady

Dainty sulphur

White checkered-skipper


sandy lawrence said...

Thanks for these great ID's. I've saved the link for reference. Beam yourself to my house. The Thoroughwort aka Boneset shrub is working alive w/Red Admirals. I love that shrub. Very aromatic.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Ah, our boneset is VERY smelly! Do you also have fragrant mistflower (Chromolaena odorata), which is also shrubby? It attracts tons of nectaring insects too. We love it.

sandy lawrence said...

The only mistflower I have is Gregg's Blue. I haven't really noticed its being that aromatic, but it certainly does draw pollinators! Especially the Fritillary butterflies. I'll have to ask at Medina Nursery about the fragrant one. What color are the blooms? Does it appear in any of your photos above?

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Oops, sorry...I meant to note that the fragrant mistflower has a blue bloom like the Gregg's mistflower. Only it's a shrub and it's get leggy and long! Can take over a corner in a season! It also did fine during our awful summer 2011. Check out my post from November 2010....

sandy lawrence said...

Thanks, Sheryl. Definitely need to add that variety!

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