I large orange and black butterfly has been making visits to the cosmos. The first time I saw it I had just gotten out of the truck after coming home from town. It was fluttering around my head then flew off into the sky. I saw it again a couple of mornings later it was making its way over to the flowers around the deck, but I did not have my camera with me that day either.
The next day when I went out to water I made sure to have my camera with me so I could get a picture of it . Well I finally got a few shots of the butterfly on the flowers. It seemed to prefer the cosmos as a landing platform. I got two nice clear photos and two a bit blurry photos. I never was able to get an open wing shot though. As soon as it would land it closed up its wings. The butterfly had a stalker too. A bumble bee kept following it from flower to flower. They kept trying to push each other around. It made me chuckle.
I took to the internets to identify the butterfly. I was pretty sure it was a monarch,but wanted to make sure. I was correct and it was female.
Maybe next year my milkweed plants from the library will be established for other monarchs visiting my flower gardens. 😀
While gardening this summer I have noticed a lot more insect visitors to our yard. One of my favorites is the butterflies. They are not very good models though. They are just too flighty. This one did slow down long enough for me to get three different poses. Each was taken after it flew away and landed again. These were all taken on my camera’s maximum zoom of 32x .
This morning was for doing some yard work. I decided I would finish raking the leaf pile in the backyard that we left the last week. I raked them off the grass onto the dirt patio. Scooped them up and packed them into the blue 35 gallon trashcan.
As I was raking I found a couple of good-sized earthworms under the leaves that were in the corner of the patio.I picked them up and took them in the house. They were put in the worm box in the fridge for fishing this weekend!
I then transported the leaves over to the leaf pile in the new garden area. It took me 3 loads to transport all the leaves and 2 small loads of extra dirt. Dave is going to rake this out over the area and then mow it up. This will add organics to the area when it is dug or tilled in. Dave has not decided if he is going to purchase a new tiller or not yet. When I had finished up, Dave came out and brought the garden hose around and watered the strawberries.
The leaf pile in the backyard before.
The leaf pile in the new garden area.
The patio area THEN
Dave watering the strawberry patch.
He said that I was his hero for the day because I raked up those leaves he had been looking at for the last couple of days but just couldn’t find the motivation to do it. He has been battling a cold bug for the last week and has just been fatigued as he has not been sleeping well due to his coughing fits at night. Well I helped him find some motivation today. He has continued doing stuff in the backyard. He flipped the big metal fish tank over and sprayed it off. We keep the small fish we catch in it for use as bait for the bigger fish we want to catch. He is also raking some leaves in the backyard on the other side of the tree.
THe metal fish tank.
The area Dave raked.
He moved stuff around on the dirt patio.
Some yellow flowers on a small bush in the fence line.
A bumblebee on the yellow flowers.
View of the bumblebee’s face.
Some of the flowers on the wild plum bush.
One final note, all this yard work can lead to house work.
Who drug in all this dirt! I am not sweeping it up!