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Butterflies In Our Garden and The Flowers They Love. Puddling of Butterflies.

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Butterflies In Our Yard.

I like taking a picture with my little Kodak camera. Butterflies are my favorite thing to photograph. We have lots of butterflies in our garden and plenty of flowers for them. I have found out that their favorite flowers are lilacs, roses, hollyhocks, snow on the mountain, hydrangea, and honeysuckle, dandelion, clover and a yellow bush I have that I can’t name. I rarely if ever see them in the beautiful peonies or in the lilies. They love the milkweed garden and we have a big milkweed garden that we didn't plant. It came up on its own. They also love the thistles. We use to have a big patch of thistles but for some reason they have disappeared.

I have tried to put the name of all the butterflies on here. I may be wrong on some, but I don’t think I am.

The flowers to the right are carnations and hollyhocks. My hollyhocks are always loaded with butterflies and bees. They also love bee balm one of their favorites, but the deer hate bee balm. When my peonies come up in the spring the butterflies will be right on them.

My flowers

 Zabulon Skipper

Zabulon Skipper


Eastern Tiger Swallowtails.

We have so many of the eastern tiger swallowtails. I like them because they are friendly butterflies. They will pose for a picture and almost follow me around the yard. They lay their eggs in trees. We have lots of trees. Our back yard is mostly maple trees. There are so many trees that it shades the whole backyard and looks like a huge canopy. You will see a photo of the swallowtails on the ground in puddles getting water. This is called puddling. Swallowtails are usually yellow, but some females will be black. The black and white butterfly in the photos is either a spicebush swallowtail or a female swallowtail. I can't tell which it is. The yellow swallowtail is on a lilac bush, honeysuckle bush and the flowers of a burning bush.

I put some blackberries that had gotten old and soft by the squirrel feeder for the squirrels. Well, the black butterflies went crazy over them. I guess because of the sweetness of the juice.

Karner Blue Butterfly.

I have always known we had Karner blue butterflies in our yard and meadow. I was sure I had seen them and I called the DNR here and let them know they were in this area and to ask them what I should plant in my garden for them. They kind of keep track of them here because they are on the federal endangered list. He told me if I could plant some wild lupines that would help because that is what they love. I went to the garden center and they had the wild seeds for lupine. We planted them but have had no luck with them growing. Female Karners only lay their eggs on wild lupine. There must be some lupine close around here. I have seen it growing wild along the highway. I'm going to try again planting some more seeds. I was watching the highway guys cut the grass along the highway wondering why they would do that and cut down all the wildflowers. I guess it has to do with fire and worry over that especially with it being so dry this year.

I saw the two little blue butterflies flying around in my yard I had to get a picture. I was all over the yard after them. They're flighty little characters and they're about the size of a nickel. They were hopping around from clover to clover never opening their wings up so I couldn't get a good picture with their open wings. My husband's in the house yelling at me that it's 6:30 time to eat. I was almost standing on my head out in the yard trying to get the photos I did get. On this hub you’re seeing the best ones I took

Karner Blue Butterfly

Karner Blue Butterfly.

Karner Blue Butterfly.

The Mourning Cloak Butterfly love to hang out on tree trunks. They blend and camouflaged so well it's hard to see them on the trees. The Mourning Cloak is a butterfly that hibernate through our cold Wisconsin winters.

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

This could be either a Goldenrod moth' or maybe a 'Wittfeld's Forester moth but I don't believe it is a butterfly.

This could be either a Goldenrod moth' or maybe a 'Wittfeld's Forester moth but I don't believe it is a butterfly.

 Zabulon Skipper on a chive flower.

Zabulon Skipper on a chive flower.

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) on milkweed flower.

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) on milkweed flower.

Many More Butterflies.

The rest of the photos are of all the other butterflies around the yard. We have many, I am sure there are people who get much more than we do in other parts of the country.

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We have a large milkweed patch and this brings in lots of butterflies they all seem to like milkweed. I've tried to name them all and hope that I have the right names on them.

The little tiny black spotted butterfly is about the size of a dime. I believe this is a moth, but I thought it was so pretty and it was way down in the grass so really hard to get a good photo of it.

I always look forward to the butterflies around our home. They are so beautiful.

Butterfly Puddling

Butterfly Puddling.

Butterflies puddle in our garden, they really like to after we have watered the garden or after a rain.You can make your own puddle for butterflies. Check this website and learn how. The photos below are all ones I took in our yard. The first one is butterflies puddling on old blackberries I put in the yard.

Male butterflies puddle for their sperm. They need more salts and minerals. They
can get this from mud puddles in the yard made from either rain or your hose
after watering lawn and gardens. Once they mate with the female they will pass
all the good nutrients on to her for the health of her eggs.

The Tiger Swallowtail butterflies in the video are puddling in our garden right after we had just watered.

Butterfly Puddle


We have the beautiful Monarch butterflies. Their favorite place is the milkweed in our meadow. I have a hub on the monarch with pictures of their eggs and the caterpillars. I don't know if you can see the monarch flying around the milkweed patch way in the back of the photo.

The milkweed is called common milkweed. It has so many names also known as (Silkweed, Milkplant, silk grass, common silkweed, cottonweed, milkweed, wild cotton, Virginia-silk, algodoncillo, silky swallowwort)

monarch butterfly

monarch butterfly


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Cheryl M. on July 26, 2016:

Really lovely butterflies. By the way, that isn't a spicebush swallowtail, but a species I've never seen in real life and would love to . . . a white admiral. And probably it isn't a karner blue--the blues have multiple similar varieties and I'm not an expert, but I suspect it isn't a Karner.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on January 29, 2016:

Your photos are stunning! I just had to take another look at this hub. I adore butterflies, caterpillars... not so much. A pity, because one can't have one without the other. :) Thanks for the wander through your garden and for those beautiful flying flowers.

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on February 14, 2015:

Beautiful article. I love butterflies, but there are getting less and less of them in my garden, which is sad, I have plenty of plants that they like, but I think there are too many other pests around these days.

Here's to a great spring 2015 in the USA and may many butterflies survive.

moonlake (author) from America on May 30, 2014:

loki1982, Thank you so much for stopping by I appreciate it.

Jared from Dallas on May 27, 2014:

Beautiful photographs. I love doing macro photography and butterflies are one of the things I love to photograph.

moonlake (author) from America on October 29, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you I know I love color boards so I appreciate you pinning them.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 26, 2013:

Really enjoy this article and all the beautiful photos. Even though I pinned it before, this time I pinned it again to my 'Purple II' board. My color boards (and Christmas board) seem to get the most traffic. Also sharing again.

moonlake (author) from America on October 15, 2013:

rebeccamealey, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by and for the share.

moonlake (author) from America on October 15, 2013:

Dolores Monet, Thank you for stopping by. I think the monarchs do need help we had so few this year.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 14, 2013:

Wow, moonlake, your photos are very impressive! Thanks for sharing, and I shall share in return!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on October 14, 2013:

Great pictures and the video was wonderful. I understand that monarchs need milkweed plants and will encourage them to grow in the garden. I think that I heard that Eastern monarchs are in decline, must help them out!

moonlake (author) from America on October 06, 2013:

Crystal Tatum, Thank you so much and thanks for stopping by.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 04, 2013:

What a gorgeous sanctuary you have created. I very much enjoyed your lovely pictures. Voting up and sharing.

Barbara Badder from USA on September 25, 2013:

Now I know what the yellow butterfly in our yard are - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. I had a lot of those in the yard this year, but not many other butterflies. I love all the photos.

moonlake (author) from America on September 18, 2013:

Faith Reaper, I need a new camera my little Kodak is acting up and I get very upset with it when I can't get the picture fast. I was watching my little dog walk around with the red dragon flies landing on his rear and I couldn't get the camera to focus in so I could get a picture.

Thanks for stopping by and for the vote and sharing.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 17, 2013:

This is such a beautiful hub here. Your garden full of butterflies is so lovely! Your little Kodack camera sure does a great job there with these amazing photos. Maybe I need to get one, or it may just be you, the great photographer.

I really need to get busy planting plants that attract butterflies. My granddaughters would just love all the butterflies. They love to help plant flowers already.

Up ++++ and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper

moonlake (author) from America on September 01, 2013:

thelyricwriter, Thank you for stopping by. We love the butterflies here and all the photos were taken in our garden last year. This year very few butterflies.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on August 28, 2013:

Revisited this one, shared on FB. Once again, very beautiful pictures Moonlake. I always enjoy the summer because of the beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds.

moonlake (author) from America on August 15, 2013:

AudreyHowitt, Thanks so much for taking a walk through my garden.

Audrey Howitt from California on August 14, 2013:

Thank you for taking me on a journey through your garden! I also lobve butterflies!

moonlake (author) from America on August 08, 2013:

Jackie Lynnley, I think the butterflies stayed in the south because it was so cold in the north this year. It's 64 in the house today and we're trying not to turn the heat on. Thank you for stopping by.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 07, 2013:

I got some butterfly pictures this week. I have seen more butterflies this summer than in my whole life total. Your photography is very good.

moonlake (author) from America on August 05, 2013:

Thank you I appreciate it. Thanks for stopping by.

ologsinquito from USA on August 05, 2013:

This one's also going onto "My Monarch Butterfly Board" at Pinterest.

moonlake (author) from America on August 04, 2013:

sgbrown, My husband mows a path through our meadow so we can walk all the way around it. It's fun to walk down and look at the milkweed garden and see how butterflies there are, not many this year to cold I think we have been wearing jackets. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.

moonlake (author) from America on August 04, 2013:

vespawoolf, Thank you for stopping by I appreicate it. We don't have many butterflies this year to cold I think.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on August 04, 2013:

I love to watch the butterflies in the garden and meadows. We generally have tons of butterflies in the meadow and I always hate running the lawn mower through them, hopefully they all get out of the way! I let the meadow grow up, without getting too high, just because I love the wild flowers and butterflies. Beautiful hub! Voting up and beautiful! :)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 03, 2013:

I enjoyed this photo gallery of butterflies in your garden that I decided to come back and browse it again. Swallowtails have always been a favorite of mine. Thank you for sharing!

moonlake (author) from America on July 21, 2013:

Indian Chef , Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate the vote and sharing.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on July 11, 2013:

Very beautiful pictures. voting it up, awesome, interesting and sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on May 21, 2013:

KoffeeKlatch Gals, Thank you I'm glad you like them. Thanks so much for coming by.

moonlake (author) from America on May 21, 2013:

Peggy W, Thank you I appreciate it. :-)

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on May 21, 2013:

You t6ake some pretty wonderful pictures with your little camera. I love them. Beautiful pictures and awesome hub.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 21, 2013:

Just pinned your Eastern Tiger Swallowtail to my butterflies and insects board. You are well represented there! :))

moonlake (author) from America on May 06, 2013:

mecheshier, Thank you much appreciated.

mecheshier on May 05, 2013:

Fabulous Hub.Voted up for beautiful. Thanks for sharing

moonlake (author) from America on May 02, 2013:

Insightful Tiger, Thank you and thanks for stopping by and for sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on May 02, 2013:

Paul Kuehn, Thanks for stopping by. Thank you so much for the vote, share, pin and tweet. I try to get good photos but my camera acts up every so often and I miss good ones.

Insightful Tiger on May 01, 2013:

Awww I love all your great pictures. Butterflies are so beautiful and your little kodak gets a "job well done!". Thanks for sharing :)

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on May 01, 2013:


Your photos of butterflies are very beautiful. When I lived in Maryland, I had a butterfly bush next to the garage that attracted so many big butterflies. The flowers of the bush were purple, but I never learned the name of the bush. Great hub! Voted up and sharing. Also Pinning and Tweeting

moonlake (author) from America on April 26, 2013:

Peggy W, We actually had 68 today. The kids in town were wearing shorts. Thank you for the pin.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2013:

Hopefully it will warm up soon in your neck of the woods and stay seasonably warm...enough to plant your garden. Going to pin this hub into a board that I will create on Pinterest. Love your photos!

moonlake (author) from America on April 02, 2013:

I wish I could see a monarch. You don't know how much this weather is getting me down. The temp this morning was 9 last year it was 68. My mother ask me the other day if my husband was planting yet. I told her he would have to move the snow first. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2013:

Am sure you are looking forward to warmer weather ahead and the return of your beautiful butterflies. We had such a mild winter this past year. We can look out of our windows and see butterflies on a daily basis since we have year round flowers of one type or another. I don't know the names of many...but I definitely saw a monarch butterfly the other day. Probably heading up north for the summer months ahead. Sharing!

moonlake (author) from America on February 13, 2013:

blondey, It is so nice to see all of them and when I see one I've never seen before I get excited about it and run around the yard trying to get a picture. Sometimes I just can't catch up with them. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

moonlake (author) from America on February 13, 2013:

ignugent17, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

moonlake (author) from America on February 13, 2013:

Deborah Brooks, Thanks no problem go right ahead and link.

Blondey on February 13, 2013:

Beautiful pictures, oh how exciting and theraputic and wonderful it must be to have such butterflies near you to watch and photograph!