Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Monarch on Butterfly Bush


Don't you love the airy lightness of this painting? Here a beautiful monarch butterfly visits one of its favorite flowers - a butterfly bush, or Buddleia. These deciduous shrubs are wonderful for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. In fact, while mine were blooming, I saw a hummingbird "bump" a monarch butterfly off one of the blooms and claim it for itself! But normally, the butterflies are left undisturbed to enjoy the flowers. The butterfly bush blooms during the monarch's late summer migration and provides a welcome feeding and resting place for these lovely butterflies on their long journey south.

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