June 25, 2011

In Search of Butterflies

Rain is sparse. We got almost an inch the first part of the week. Today we watched the clouds on radar come our way and disperse in next county north. The day we got rain there was hail and winds.

A big old pecan tree blew down at woods' edge at the back of the patch on the west side of the highway behind the pump house. In the heat it doesn't take long for the leaves to wither and turn brown. Another tree to saw and haul on a cooler day.

The wild area where butterflies usually are nectaring on lantana has stopped blooming.
I found New York Ironweed and Dog Fennel on the north side but no butterflies. The pond is dry.
An area where Duckweed usually comes up in the overflow area is full of young Goldenrod.

A new brood of Pipevine Swallowtails has showed up at home on Tithonia and Lantana montevidensis. A few Sulphurs and a rare Gulf Fritillary visit as well and lots of tiny Skippers.

Two little videos for your delight in Butterflies. You may hear some birds, too.

Flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean blogged on Dotty Plants Journal in hot, humid Southwest Georgia.


Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Lack of rain has been very taxing on the garden! Glad to see there are a few plants still blooming for the butterflies. They are so lovely to watch! I too have notice there are fewer butterflies in my garden this year even though some of their favorite plants are blooming.

Jim Lewis said...

Here in the SC Midlands, we've had plenty of rain, but I am noticing many fewer butterflies. The heat has been unbearable. Here's hoping the rain and winged wonders return.

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