My butterfly garden may look like it is lacking plants and color, but the butterflies don't think so. Activity has increased dramatically, ever since we have been blessed with rain. The garden has become a butterfly bonanza! Many species float in and dip, dive and duck. Landing and feeding together. I love watching them all fluttering about together!
There is SO much activity and variety that I cannot count them fast enough. I've tried to capture the flying frenzy several times on video, but it doesn't come close to doing the experience justice. So still shots it is. Inspiration to use my big girl camera. It has been collecting dust for around three weeks.
Great Spangled Fritillary stole the show! I knew it was a fritillary that was capturing my attention, but had to look up which one. Coppery metallic orange flashes and glimmers off/on in the sunlight. SO pretty! They sure are fast fliers.
A second swallowtail showed up and they took off. Not sure what the dance was all about, but it was fun to watch.
feeding on Hoary Vervian
I have noticed the Monarchs seem to be boss. They scare other species away. They eventually settle and can be spotted sharing.
there are three winged wonders in this frame
(Monarch, Fritillary and a Spotted Skipper)