Shimmering Charades: Yard Butterflies

When birds are playing hide-and-seek and generally not in the mood for me (kind of like my kids), I turn the camera on the flowers and insects instead. They are much more cooperative, and the big lens helps me to keep a respectful distance as they dine from flower to flower.

The plants in our small flower garden are there primarily to feed nectar pollinators like bees, moths, butterflies, and hummingbirds. I’m partial to the varieties which require no maintenance and minimal watering, come back year after year, and beautify the front walkway, the vegetable garden, and windows sills.  Colors vary from yellow and red to pink and purple.

  • Lantana
  • Milkweed
  • Turkscap
  • Firecracker
  • Pentas
  • Verbena
  • Salvia

Tattered and Torn
Pipevine Swallowtail

Gulf Frittilary

Pretty In Orange
Gulf Fritilary

Adult “Orangedog’
Giant Swallowtail

Gossamer Guy
Gray Hairstreak

Viceroy Butterfly

Monarch Mimic

Texas Stopover
Georgia Satyr

Dressed To Impress
Long-tailed Skipper

Long Drink For A Long Tail
White-striped Longtail

The ‘Eyes’ Have It

A Gulf Coast Grass-lover
Neamathla Skipper

Not A Butterfly At All
White-tipped Black Moth

Carve out space in your ‘kept’ yard for insects,
particularly moths and butterflies.

I promise — you won’t regret it!

22 thoughts on “Shimmering Charades: Yard Butterflies

  1. You’ll be happy to hear that a few hours after we left Austin on our current western trip we encountered a group of migrating monarchs about 50 miles wide. The downside is that some of them ended up on the front ends of cars “migrating” east and west on Interstate 10.


      1. Some animals are learning (and even passing on to their young) how to navigate roads and moving vehicles. Unfortunately, for the insect, it takes much, much longer for DNA changes to kick in.

        The monarch doesn’t stand a chance against our development, and the outlook is not looking promising for many beneficial insect species, I’m afraid.

        How lovely that you got to witness the migration firsthand, Steve!


    1. Thanks, Courtney. Never been to St. Louis…perhaps one day. 😀

      There is a glass pyramid structure at the Houston Museum of Natural Science: Cockrell Butterfly Center. Same there, if not a less ‘natural’ setting. We go there often!

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