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It's National Pollinator Week! Tried and True, the White Butterfly Bush

June 19, 2017

I know its not fashionable these days to extol the virtues of Butterfly bushes.  Many people see these as invasive.  I have not found that to be the case here.  I will confess that this one came from my mother's compost pile at least fifteen years ago.  I haven't had seedlings pop up in the yard very often nor I have seen this occur at our local park where butterfly bushes have been planted.  Our weather seems to have such extremes that I suspect it keeps them under control.  I also dead head more often to extend the bloom  period.  The buds on the bush opened several days ago and no pollinators.  Today, happily that has changed.   I love the scent, beauty and of course the nectar it offers for so many different pollinators.  I haven't seen any humming bird moths on it yet, but they will be here.

 

Red-spotted purple image 1

 

Red-spotted purple image 2-  Note that part of the wing is missing, likely due to a predator.  

 

Red-spotted purple image 3- This gives you a better view of the blue on his wings. 

 

Silver-spotted Skipper -  These are plentiful in my garden.

 

Honey bee-  Look to the right of the foreground blossom. 

 

Cabbage White- These are plentiful here, but I rarely see them alight for very long. They are pretty frenetic.

 

Common Sootywing-  You can just make out his white spots.

 I hope you are enjoying your pollinators too!

 

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