Monday, April 25, 2016

Butterflies and a surprise ending!

Spicebush Swallowtail

Eastern tiger swallowtail- female ( I think)
Yellow swallowtail. Butterflies love penta flowers.
Gulf Fritillary -Ventral view

Gulf Fritillary -Dorsal view
 This monarch pic is from the Dallas Arboretum taken with my iPhone. I wish I could attract some monarchs in my garden. Caterpillars love dill plants. Let them devour it because they are host plants for lovely butterflies to come. The caterpillar below is a swallowtail I believe. Caterpillars have distinct markings too. It is so interesting. 

I'm planting milkweed in my garden this year to attract butterflies especially the monarch butterfly.  Gardening is rewarding and therapeutic.
It was fun to join Thoughts of Home and Share your Cup Garden Party today with several prior garden posts and this one on butterflies today. 

Carol- Art and Sand

Just had to add this pic from my daughter's garden that she found yesterday.
These robin eggs are so beautiful to me. What a delight!

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  1. Thank you ever so much for sharing this pretty Spring gardening inspiration with us at the Garden party! Makes my heart happy:)

  2. What delightful pictures of the beautiful butterflies. My son and I saw one the other day and we were tickled pink as it was the first one we had seen this spring.

    Have a lovely week, dear Bonnie. Hugs!

  3. Beautiful, beautiful! I'm so glad you shared the butterflies. Now if you happen to spot the caterpillars, please show those too. People too often think they are evil and they kill them. Makes me sad.

    Thanks so much for joining the garden party, Bonnie. I always love your nature pictures and you've inspired me to try to capture a photo of my bluebirds.

    1. The eggs are so pretty. I'm glad you added them. Don't you just look at things like that in nature and sigh. :)

  4. Oh my goodness Bonnie, your photos are stunning! I love butterflies in the garden and I usually have them but this year so far we haven't had many. I guess I need to plant more plants to attract them. Thanks for sharing your beautiful gardens…...

  5. I love all the captures of butterflies. I never seem to have my camera with me.

    You live in a lovely spot!

  6. Beautiful captures of the butterflies!

  7. I love butterflies in my garden. I'm like a little giddy girl running around chasing them trying to get a photo. Not a pretty sight. lol! You got some fabulous ones. I have heard that they are encouraging people to plant milkweed for the butterflies. I agree the those eggs are a beautiful sight! Thanks for sharing with our Garden Party.

  8. Gorgeous Bonnie and I love seeing those beautiful blue Robin's eggs too! I've just seen some swallowtail butterflies in the last week fluttering by and I picked up a couple of pots of pentas and lantana to attract more pollinators this summer. Last year was the first time in YEARS since I spotted a monarch butterfly...what a thrill. I need to see about planting some milkweed!

  9. Bonnie, what beautiful photography! The butterflies are stunning, you should frame! And of course, the robin's nest is gorgeous! I love this post! Happy Tuesday, Pam

  10. Beautiful butterflies! The eggs are an incredible colour aren't they!

  11. Gorgeous eggs indeed! I just discovered that off the seeds I planted in March the first blossom of my butterfly garden is in bloom.

  12. Bonnie, what beautiful and enchanting photos. Love them. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  13. Bonnie, such gorgeous photos and the butter garden is so pretty. I love to watch them flutter about. Isn't that nest the sweetest with the pretty eggs? I am always on the lookout for a hummingbird nest. My Mother has seen them. Happy Wednesday. xo

  14. I've never actually seen robin eggs before, how very exciting. We do have a lot of butterflies this year but they are too quick for me and don't stand still to be photographed.

  15. Hi Bonnie,

    These butterflies are so pretty! I, too, love swallowtails and monarchs. When we lived in Greensboro, I had a perennial garden with lots of flowers that the butterflies liked. I had coreopsis, zinnias, Sweet William, shasta daisies, black-eyed susans, speedwell, and hollyhocks. I loved the flowers as much as the butterflies. :)

    Those robins eggs are just gorgeous, aren't they? I still want a room in our house that color (just a few shades lighter). Hope all is well with you and happy weekend to you.



  16. Love,love,love butterflies, your photos are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  17. This is what I grow my parsley for


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