“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 https://www.fpconservatory.org/ in Columbus Ohio just a week ago.
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.
A couple of weeks ago in Columbus Ohio-
You 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.
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.