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mnhtnbb

(31,585 posts)
12. Yes, they are!
Fri May 24, 2024, 09:04 PM
May 24

I hesitated to go out with my camera because the sun was still so bright, but I'm glad I did.

mnhtnbb

(31,585 posts)
11. I once saw hundreds of Monarchs
Fri May 24, 2024, 09:03 PM
May 24

in eucalyptus trees on the crest of the canyon where we lived before moving from California in 1989. It was a spectacular sight!

mnhtnbb

(31,585 posts)
15. The butterfly bushes
Fri May 24, 2024, 09:07 PM
May 24

have just started blooming in the last week or so. They should bloom all summer, so I hope to see more butterflies!

BumRushDaShow

(133,694 posts)
6. That they do!
Fri May 24, 2024, 08:49 PM
May 24

I have a "Miss Molly" one. It's not blooming yet though (still somewhat early still) but I see some buds forming.

Swallowtails are great and did guess correctly the (red) yarrow! I get the black swallowtails more for some reason.

mnhtnbb

(31,585 posts)
10. The black ones are more rare here
Fri May 24, 2024, 09:00 PM
May 24

And when they do visit, it's almost impossible to get shots of them because they don't stay in place feeding for more than a few seconds. This yellow one was also flitting about rapidly.

BumRushDaShow

(133,694 posts)
14. I have some tall (or "cut leaf" - Rudbeckia laciniata) coneflowers that are mid-late summer bloomers
Fri May 24, 2024, 09:05 PM
May 24

and the swallowtails + the monarchs do like those. I found they reseed themselves pretty efficiently too so I get them popping up in all sorts of places!

mnhtnbb

(31,585 posts)
17. I have volunteer wildflowers
Fri May 24, 2024, 09:11 PM
May 24

popping up in lots of places! Last week I transplanted about 7 of them into my wildflower 'space'.

mnhtnbb

(31,585 posts)
21. Indeed!
Fri May 24, 2024, 09:51 PM
May 24

Two years ago I scattered a packet of multiple types of wildflower seeds in a bare space in my courtyard. So far I've had many blanket flowers, some coneflowers, a few daisies, and also some black eyed Susans. The American gold finches come now to the wildflowers all summer long to eat from the blooms that go to seed. I've definitely gotten my money's worth from the $9.95 seed packet!

japple

(10,072 posts)
8. Yellow swallowtails are frequent visitors in my yard. They seem to really like the Sequoyah viburnum
Fri May 24, 2024, 08:50 PM
May 24

that is one of the earliest bloomers. Try as I might, I've never been able to get pictures as good as yours. Congratulations!

mnhtnbb

(31,585 posts)
18. I took about 40 shots
Fri May 24, 2024, 09:14 PM
May 24

And these were my favorite 3. It's very hard to get a good shot of a subject which won't hold still for more than a couple of seconds!

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