Butterflies are delicate critters that flit from flower to flower in the garden. Capturing them with the camera can be a challenge.
The swallowtail enjoys the echinacea blooms
The black swallowtail was seen in the spring when the lilacs were in bloom.
The tiger swallowtail was found resting on the deck rail one day.
A giant swallowtail was really enjoying the purple obedient plants just recently.
A few years ago I discovered this mourning cloak butterfly by one of my hummingbird feeders which is close to a trellis where the clematis and honeysuckle vine grow. I think it had just emerged as it sat for a long time fluttering its wings, as if drying them and testing them out. This is a fairly large butterfly with a wing span of up to 10 cm. The underside of the wings are brown and from the top the yellow trim and blue spots easily identify it.
The monarch butterfly is seen by the milkweed when it was in bloom. This is the main food source for these butterflies so I let some of the plants grow in the garden.
The red admirals have visited the garden. This one had probably just hatched as it sat on the deck steps for quite a while stretching and fluttering its wings before taking off.
The white admiral has different colouring and I captured one on the hummingbird feeder one day a couple of years ago. The underside is reddy brown with white and orange markings.
But the top side shows more black with blue markings.
The fritillary was photographed while it was on the Lady’s Mantle one day. There are several types of fritillaries and I haven’t narrowed this one down, but I think a great spangled fritillary.
Besides my old and trusty Golden Guide, Butterflies and Moths, I also use this site for Ontario butterflies. Did you know there were 84 different Golden Guides and they are now considered vintage books (can find with a search) I’ve got about a dozen or so of them and have used them for years. Some things don’t go out of date but just get updated.
The more you look, the more you see. Nature never fails to amaze me.
Other butterflies in the garden: