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Butterflies and Moths

I once chased butterflies all over the place to try to get a picture. Now, I try to get them to come to me. The trick is to plant nectar producing flowers for the adults and to cultivate plants they will lay eggs on for their offspring. Butterfly bush works quite well for adult butterflies and moths. The adults also relish dandelions, Purple Coneflower and Gaillardia or blanket flower.

Monarch Butterfly
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The butterfly bush lives up to its name.

Hummingbird Moth
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Usually showing up from dusk until dawn,
these night pollinators hover over the same
flowers favored by hummingbirds in daylight.

Virgin Tiger Moth
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The night crew can be beautiful.

Virgin Tiger Moth
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Beautiful with wings open or closed.

Virgin Tiger Moth
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Under side

White Admiral butterfly
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Wings open - resting on flower
White Admiral
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underside