Friday, June 12, 2015

Butterflies and grasshoppers, oh my!

I love walking out into my garden and I always need to remember to bring my camera with me, sometimes to just capture a tiny grasshopper sunning himself on a spent daylily flower.

Or to chase around a Variegated Frittillary so that I can add him to my butterfly list. I'm buying milkweed seeds to add to my wildflower garden in the hopes of attracting more butterflies for the years to come. I'm glad I let wild violets grow in my woodland garden as that is one of the caterpillar hosts for them along with May Apple (one that I am wanting to add to the garden), Portulaca, stonecrop (Sedum), and moonseed. 

Variegated Frittillary - Euptoieta claudia

If I can get the proper butterfly ecosystem set up then I will need to start learning to identify caterpillars too!

Butterfly Life List:
1. Monarch
2. Pipevine Swallowtail
3. Silver Spotted Fritillary
4. Tiger Swallowtail
5. Black Swallowtail
6. Appalachian Azure
7. Silver Spotted Skipper
8. Variegated Frittillary


Sandy said...

How pretty is that butterfly. You are getting quite the list now.

Marion Armitage said...

I am really enjoying your garden and your blogs.. Thank you for sharing....

Carole Z said...

Great pic of the grass hopper and a beautiful butterfly, hugs Carole Z X

Pam said...

Awesome photos! You are a great photographer!

MisS MiKO said...

Truly amazing just how much you are able to capture in you back yard.. I might love nature a little more if that were the case by me too..