Two Malachite Butterflies in Two States

“Named in reference to the mineral of the same name, the malachite butterfly (Siproeta stelenes) boasts a brilliant green coloration on its wings.”

Today at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens -the Butterfly Forest -Pittsburgh PA

The Second butterfly was photographed at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus Ohio just a week ago.

Find the Butterfly on the Sunflower- Guest Blog

Hardy, Virginia.

I received this beautiful photo today from Marlene in Hardy, VA.  How about that butterfly in the sunflower blossom?   Although we are officially in Fall, it sure felt like a hot summer day today and that was in Pittsburgh,  Thanks Marlene for sharing your vibrant and colorful photo.  IMG_2362

Butterflies at Franklin Park Conservatory

A couple of weeks ago in Columbus Ohio-

IMG_6911You have to check your clothing in the mirror between the double doors as you enter and exit  the butterfly garden. Sometimes a butterfly will land on you! Such delicate and beautiful creatures.

Monarch Drinks Pentas Nectar

OSU Stadium Planter with Monarch Butterfly
Click the link to read about the amazing Monarch migration.

Mary told me about Monarch migration this summer.  I photographed (shot didn’t sound correct) this Monarch in a planter at OSU stadium.  Tonight I emailed several pleas for plant identification and Master Gardener Liz R was the first to respond, THANKS Liz.  Today is Marlene’s(Mark’s MIL) birthday(having cake at Aunt Linda’s tonight).  September 3rd, 1912  was my mother’s birthday, born in Durand Illinois, now passed a decade ago. My mother loved butterflies and always planted a beautiful garden, including buddleia to attract the butterflies. The pentas seem to be doing just that.  Hummingbirds love them according to what I read. Lots of parentheses in this post.