|Monarch Butterfly on sunflower|
Yellow Swallowtail on pink phlox
|Unknown butterfly on Black Eyed Susan|
|Black Swallowtail resting on pepper leaf|
|Joe Pye Weed|
This butterfly weed, is attractive to butterflies as both a nectar source and as food for the caterpillars who munch on the leaves. I grew these plants from seed I had collected from two plants that I had previously purchased. The plants now have nice seed pods that will allow me to repeat the process for next year's caterpillar food supply.
Plants such as milk weed, dill, and fennel serve as food sources for various caterpillars. Growing some of these will also increase your chances for attracting butterflies.
|My park garden Bronze Fennel|
|Bronze Fennel with black swallowtail caterpillar|
|Black swallowtail to be|
|Bronze fennel flowers|
After I posted this blog this morning, a painted lady visited my garden. That is a painted lady butterfly.
|Painted Lady Butterfly, September 11, 2012|
|Same Lady, September 11, 2012|