Monday, October 29, 2007

October's Butterflies

The gardens were full of activity.
Butterfly wings kept me outside.
Three Buckeyes were feeding in my favorite mums.
Checkered Skippers found nectar in the marigolds.
Painted Ladies were in the zinnias.

Skippers were everywhere!
Lots of butterflies today.
It is warm, 64 degrees.
Perfect October day for butterflies.


Anonymous said...

Hmm, let's see. For me, it was in the 50s today and woke up to frost on the ground. About 70% of my leaves are now down.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You lucky thing to still have butterflies gracing your garden.
I haven't seen a butterfly here for quite a few days. It hasn't been all that cold but not much blooming now.

Anonymous said...

Wow, great butterflies and looks like September butterflies to me!

Mary said...

I agree with Monarch - those are September butterflies. I guess they are hanging on to you...

I haven't seen many butterflies since last week. We are getting much cooler now. The fireplace is burning to keep the chill out. I refuse to turn the heat on. After all, it was near 90 last week :o/

regina barnett said...

nice photos of the butterflies.

Naturegirl said...

OK that's it! I'm moving to Kansas so I can see these wings for as long as you have!! Amazing how many photos you have posted of gorgeous butterflies! YOU are queen of the butterflies dear heart!!hugs and smiles Anna xo

Sprite said...


Sherry Butterfly Woman~

Now who would've thought there would still be butterflies around going on the end of October?



Q said...

Dear Cathy,
It is colder for you. My highs are in the 60-70's. Butterflies like sunny and in the 60's at least. My leaves are just beginning to fall. The grass is still green. I have not had 1st frost yet so lots of flowers for the butterflies!

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
Once frost comes I too will see few butterflies. I will put some fruit out on warm days for the fruit eaters.
Autumn is lingering here. I love that. It can linger all the way to December.

Q said...

Dear Mon@rch,
I saw a Monarch yesterday! No photo. I was getting out of the car when he lifted off of a zinnia and flew southwest.
I am wondering if I will see any butterflies in November??
Often after frost we have a week of warm up in mid to late November. We call it Indian Summer.
I might see some of the over wintering butterflies at that time.

Q said...

Dear Mary,
I did turn the furnance on because the night time temps are dropping into the upper 30's.
You had rain!!!
I am so happy for you.
Having lots of zinnias and marigolds does make a difference for the butterflies. These are heavy nectar flowers and the butterflies can stay in one area for a long time fueling up.
Nice for the photographer too.

Q said...

Dear Regina,
Thank you. I do like the butterflies. I seem to be smitten.
I like birds too!
I think I like all of nature.

Q said...

Dear Anna,
You could come visit me!
Your roses would miss you, dear Goddess of the Roses!
I do like the butterflies. I think they know I am their friend.
Let's see if any stay around after frost. I was looking at last year's photos and I did have a few butterflies in November. Let's hope this year some stay around.
Butterfly wings,

Deb said...

Temperatures have dropped here. We arrived home last night from our "weekend away" to find that the night before we had our 1st frost. Enjoy your butterflies Sherry - they have picked the perfect garden to linger in :-}

Q said...

Dear Deb,
So hope you had a nice anniversary weekend! I will pop over and see if you have had a chance to post.
I AM rather butterfly dependent.