The number of butterflies flying around my suburban prairie has increased over the last few weeks. Monarchs are making a pit stop on the prairie as they migrate to Mexico. Other visitors include queen, common buckeye, painted lady, American snout, gulf fritillary, gray hairstreak, and various varieties of skipper butterflies.
The flowers of blue mistflower are the crowd pleaser right now. The plants are covered with butterflies all day long. Other favorites are frostweed, zexmenia, cowpen daisies, four nerve daisies, frogfruit, and the many types of salvia on the prairie. The white mistflower plants are sure to become the favorite flower on the prairie when they begin blooming this week.
Here is a look at some of the butterflies and other flying creatures that posed for a photo op.
Monarch on Blue Mistflower
Great Purple Hairstreak on Frostweed
Painted Lady on Frostweed
American Snout on Blue Mistflower
Common Buckeye on Blue Mistflower
Gulf Fritillary on Blue Mistflower
Yet-to-be-identified Yellow Butterfly on Zexmenia
The tiny Eastern Tailed-Blue. Thanks for help with the ID Kathleen.
Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar on Hercules Club Tree
Dragonfly on Gayfeather
Interesting Green and Black Fly? on Frostweed