Monday, 30 July 2012

Butterflies and caterpillars

On sunny afternoons this summer I would walk around my flower gardens to take pictures of butterflies. I was very excited one day to see monarch caterpillars on my milkweed plants.

Milkweed is the favourite host plant for monarchs, they lay their eggs on the plants and the caterpillars eat the leaves. About five years ago I mail ordered milkweed seeds, grew them in pots over the winter, and planted them. Five years later it paid off with about 3-4 monarch caterpillars munching on the plants.

The following photos were all taken in the gardens at our place in Kinburn this summer.

The first monarch sighting in my gardens!

 Beautiful monarch on the echinacea plants.

I don't even know if this is a butterfly, looks a bit like one and I thought it was cool looking

Northern Crescent

Red Admiral, we had an influx of them in Ottawa this year.

I'm pretty sure this is an Eyed Brown butterfly

It's amazing how many caterpillars and butterflies you find when you stand amongst the flowers with a camera.

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