Butterflies Buffet

Every summer Butterflies arrive to enjoy my blooming flowers. Like travelers on the interstate, they stop and refresh themselves with nutrients to sustain them on their way. Leaving their eggs and chrysalises behind they carry on year after year. They are a joy to behold, as they flit from flower to flower probing for nectar in each tiny yellow stamen. All the while they pollinate my Zinnias for next years planting.

Nature’s bright colors

Displayed in shining glory

Butterfly buffet

Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Saturday Visitors

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A new swallowtail came by today. It is different from the one I had a couple of weeks ago. That one had a chunk out of its wingtip. It was interesting to watch as it flitted from flower to flower. The sun was washing out some of the yellow in its wings but they are still beautiful.

Along with the swallowtail were a little flock of finches that stopped to eat at my feeder. EER_0179

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The bumble bee has been steadily working on the Cosmos flowers in my garden.

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Butterflies of the Blue Ridge

If a picture is worth a thousand words, I am going to speak a million beautiful words to you in my blog today. This is poetry in pictures, Butterflies of the Blue Ridge Mountains of  North Carolina. I hope you enjoy this spectacular visual treat! We found these last week while traveling the parkway to Linville and Grandfather Mountain. Photos: Dwight L. Roth

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eer_0522 At the Linville Caverns there was a butterfly bush covered with more black and blue butterflies than I have ever seen. How many can you see in this small segment.

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