Category Archives: Butterflies & Moths

Monarchs on PGT Asters

Monarch butterflies paused on their flight south for a nectar break on our fall-blooming asters. The purple New England Aster stands out in the patches of prairie plants this time of year. But the white upland asters make a great … Continue reading

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Monarchs are Good – Other Butterflies Missing

We saw about 20 Monarch Butterflies on a walk this afternoon. Their number seem about normal for their yearly migration. Other butterflies were almost totally missing. This has been a perfect year for the plants that butterflies feed on. I’ve … Continue reading

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Where have all the Butterflies gone?

I’d guess that the number of butterflies at the PGT is down by 90%. Even though their favorite nectar plants are in bloom right now there are very few butterflies around. I am seeing a lot of Liatris, Buttonbush, Coneflowers … Continue reading

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Butterfly Count Down

The PGT Butterfly walk on Saturday was fun but the total number of butterflies seen was way down. The weather was perfect and we did see 26 different species but none were seen in large numbers like you would expect. … Continue reading

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Great Spangled Fritillary

The warm wet weather is bringing on summer flowers and that is bringing out the butterflies. This morning I photographed this Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly on a Pale Purple Coneflower here at the Prairie Garden Trust. The milkweeds are also … Continue reading

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Rose Verbena

The rush of the Spring Wildflowers is on! One of the short flowers that is easy to overlook is called Rose Verbena. I photographed this one near our barn. Rose Verbena has the longest bloom time of any wildflower; it … Continue reading

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My Favorite Wildflower Nursery

Missouri Wildflower Nursery is my favorite place to get plants so I was honored when they asked to use my picture on the cover of this years catalog. The picture (shown here) is a Monarch caterpillar munching on a Swamp … Continue reading

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Clouded Sulphur Butterfly

Clouded Sulphur, Colias philodice Today I’m finding butterflies feeding on the Maximillian Sunflower. These tall plants with yellow flowers can be found scattered over many of the prairie areas here at the Prairie Garden Trust. This butterfly is known as a Clouded … Continue reading

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Buckeye Butterfly 

Late summer asters are the best place to find butterflies right now. The flowers are scattered all along the paths in the prairie. This afternoon I found this Common Buckeye feeding on New England Aster. Despite the name (“New England … Continue reading

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Swallowtail on Sunflower

Rosinweed, Silphium integrifolium As summer progresses I find it increasingly difficult to identify the confusing mix of sunflowers. Books such as “Ozark Wildflowers” by Don Kurz really help. The flower here is called Rosinweed. The butterfly is another Easter Tiger Swallowtail. … Continue reading

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