August Butterflies

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  1. gfreiherr

    gfreiherr Young Pine

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    August is usually peak time for Butterflies in TN. I think the cold winter, and the extreme heat & drought have taken a toll. I have not seen some of the varieties I usually see and the numbers overall are down. Here are some of my favorites I have taken.

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    Red Spotted Purple ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )
    This is the first one that has ever visited my garden.





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    Red Spotted Purple...wings open ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )





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    Black Swallowtail ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )





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    Pearl Crescent ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )





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    Pipevine Swallowtail ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )





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    Sachem Skipper ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )





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    Eastern Tiger Swallowtail ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )





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    Gulf Fritilliary ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )





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    Great Spangled Fritillary ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )
     
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    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    They are all beautiful. You must be doing something right to attract such a variety.
    The Red Spotted Purple is a delight to see!
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I'm glad you have so many butterfly varieties in your garden despite the weather conditions Gail. All are very beautiful and quite exotic to me.
     
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    Frank GardenStew Founder Staff Member Administrator

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    Nature produces such beauties :stew1: Thanks Gail.
     



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    Sherry8 I Love Birds!

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    Beautiful pictures you are sharing with us. I love seeing all the butterflys flying around the yard.
     
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    What a wonderful and amazing assortment of butterflies you have floating around your area. You have taken such great pictures. I see some pics of the month in the future. ;)
     
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    gfreiherr Young Pine

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    Thanks for all your comments. The butterfly activity has really slowed down with the drought and hot temps but I keep my camera handy if I see any in the garden.
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Well Gail--you have outdone yourself this time.
    I just keep scrolling down and up and down and up, looking at those beautiful butterflies. There are some remarkable shots in there.
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Beautiful flutters of color in your garden.

    Because of the heat and drought I have had a total of two butterflies in my garden since April. I have seen a Giant Black Swallowtail twice and a Cabbage White a few times in April and that's it. :rolleyes:
     
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    Well captured Gail,
    i was listing my favorites and ended up with four,..then i realized i would end up listing them all,..however those Swallowtails are stunning.
     
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    gfreiherr Young Pine

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    Thanks Sjoerd, Toni & Phillip. The last few days all I have seen are skippers and sulfers. Some of the varieties I had last year did not show or I missed them. I have only had a few monarchs early in the season. Maybe I'll get some when they migrate south.
     
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    Gail--Beautiful butterflies, and you have captured them so well with your camera. Everything is in focus. Great job.
     
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    gfreiherr Young Pine

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    Thanks CM...my photos are not always in focus, you just don't see them :D
     
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    Sherry8 I Love Birds!

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    This week it seems like someone turned off a switch, I haven't seen any butterflys...I think they are leaving because we had some cold nights already. I don't remember ever not seeing them outside this early.
     
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    gfreiherr Young Pine

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    Sherry...ever since tropical depression Lee passed through I have not seen a butterfly. Yesterday I had one skipper, I usually have 50. It has been cool and rainy so maybe we will get some when it warms back up.
     

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