We were both so happy to see the Lantana alive with butterflies again this afternoon as the temperatures climbed into the 80s. Two Painted Lady butterflies enjoyed feeding on the flowers. They shared the bed of Lantana with a single Swallowtail, its wings badly damaged, and with the beautiful clear yellow Cloudless Sulphur butterflies who have been dancing in the air all summer. Several small moths joined in their feast.
We are due for a stretch of warm afternoons over the next few days, and we are looking forward to enjoying the flight of the butterflies for a while longer.
- The Fascinating Life of the Painted Lady Butterfly (insects.answers.com)
- Australian Painted Lady (kiyanti2008.wordpress.com)
- Lots of Butterflies Today (therousedbear.wordpress.com)
- Not So Many Butterflies (therousedbear.wordpress.com)
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So glad you are enjoying the butterflies’ dance for a bit longer as the warmer weather hangs on. That’s always the melancholy part about autumn – saying goodbye to our butterflies and hummingbirds. You have some lovely lantana too!
Thank you, Sarah. We enjoy the Lantana so much, not only for its color, but for the wonderful hummers and butterflies who come to it. These last days of summer are sweet ones in the garden.
Best wishes to you, WG
I think our butterflies have moved on, I haven’t seen any lately.
Well, I was thinking the same thing- and today the Lantana was full again 😉 When you have another warm afternoon, I hope yours come out to play in your garden, too. Different species must migrate at different times. Most of our swallowtails are gone now- but we’ve seen the Sulphurs most days.