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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wildlife Wednesday - Butterflies and Bees

I'm struggling to get over an upper respiratory infection that has had me wheezing all day and coughing all night for the past few days :-(  I finally managed to get in to see the doctor and am now hoping the medications kick in soon and I can get back to feeling normal again.

So today's post is just a quickie.  

If you saw my post last week, you may remember I showed you two Monarch chrysalises - one on the back of a chair on the patio and one on the eave of the house. You can see the post here, if you'd like.

I'm happy to report that both chrysalises hatched during the week. Although we didn't actually manage to catch the hatching in progress, as I was able to do last year,  we did get photos of the newly emerged butterflies drying out their wings.

 My car was in the shop last week and my husband had to drive me to the Park and Ride bus one day in the week.  When he got home, he saw this newly emerged Monarch on the eave of the house and, since he knew I probably would complain if he didn't, he ran in and got the camera!!

The following day I went out to check on the other chrysalis on the back patio and, sure enough, it has emerged too :-)

I took a bunch of photos, but I was battling with the humidity which caused the lens, which had been inside the nice cool house, to fog up almost quicker than I could clear it.  This was about the clearest I could get. 

Continuing the Wildlife Wednesday theme, the bumble bees certainly like this Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa) that I planted in one of the containers by the birdbath not long ago. This is the first time I have planted these.  I love the color and think I'm definitely going to plant more in the future.  That should make the bees happy :-)


Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.


Dorothy Borders said...

There seems to be something about patio furniture that attracts Monarch caterpillars looking to metamorphose. I often find those little green jewels hanging from my chairs, too.

sandy lawrence said...

Lovely captures. You'll be happy to know that those Globe Amaranths re-seed prolifically - even in a decomposed granite driveway (not so welcome there!)

Jayne said...

I think you're right, Dorothy. Last year we had chrysalises on two chairs and a table let. We even had one on the plastic cover over the grill! Needless to say, we didn't grill until it was hatched.

Jayne said...

That's good to hear, Sandy. The purple color seems to go well with the orange zinnias that have self seeded everywhere, so they will be very welcome :-)

Pam's English Garden said...

Oh, how I envy you your monarchs, Jayne. Seen very few here this summer and no cats. I planted more milkweed but they haven't found it yet. I hope you are feeling better! P. x