Another Flying Visitor

This One Likes to Flutterby the Cosmos

 

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. 😀

You Never Know What You Will Find At Your Local Library!

 

I went to the library on Friday June 1st to pick up a dvd that they had held for me. I also was going to look some stuff up on the laptop. I needed an adaptor for the plug on it. As I was waiting at the desk for a librarian to get me one, I saw a notice about adopting a plant. So after I was done doing my research on the laptop I looked over the plants for adoption.
The plants up for adoption were three different types of milkweed. The common milkweed is tall and has a large ball of pink or purplish flowers which need lots of sunlight and moist soil. David thinks this type is growing in the horse pasture.
The swamp milkweed or pink milkweed has large blossoms of small rose-purple flowers, it needs lots of water and moist to wet soil. I think, but am not sure, that this type grows over at the ponds we fish at.
The butterfly milkweed or orange milkweed has a large flat-topped cluster of yellow-orange flowers, it needs good sunlight and dry to moist soil. I chose this last type of milkweed to adopt as it fit into what my yarden could provide the best. Sunlight and dry to moist soil.
I learned from the flyer with them that it was National Pollinators Week and that milkweed is a very important plant in the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. The caterpillars need at least 30 milkweed stems to complete their life cycle. The plants were provided by the United States Forest Service from the Bessey Nursery.
I picked a nice tall healthy looking plant. I then thought it would be lonely. I asked the librarian if it would be ok if I took more than one plant. She said that it would be ok. So I picked another healthy looking fella. I brought them home. I waited to later in the evening to plant them. It had gotten pretty hot this day. I didn’t want to put them out in the blazing heat after they had been hanging out in the cool air-conditioned library for most of a week.

 

So here they are in their new home by the shed.

 

 

The next morning I fertilized them, the carrots, turnips, and the yellow squash plant. I also planted cucumber seeds in the hill that I transplanted the seedling ,because it did not make it. I planted some acorn seeds in the other hill because I was unable to get some seedlings started indoors.

yellow squash left hill, acorn middle hill, cucumber right hill off camera

 

I also planted all the large head sunflower seeds that are over 10 years old. We will see if any of them come up this time. Maybe just maybe it was still just a bit could when I planted them the first time around.