Continuous Bloom for Butterflies

When the cool nights and shorter days of late summer arrive, priorities shift dramatically to subjects like white-tailed deer and preparation for winter. Aside from the occasional Monarch flitting about in fields of asters and goldenrods, butterfly photography is an afterthought.

A recent field trip and opportunity to observe butterflies in a cultivated landscape reminded me that there’s still a lot going on in butterfly world! And, most important, a landscape with continuous bloom into late summer can attract and nourish a wide variety of insects at a critical time. The host plants in this post are Sedum (‘Autumn Joy’) and Butterfly Bush.


Tiger Swallowtail on Sedum (1 of 2)




Red-spotted Purple on Sedum (the red spots are on the underside of the wing)



Sulphur butterfly in a sea of plenty


Battle-worn Black Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush


Fritillary on Butterfly Bush


Monarch on Sedum

Photos by NB Hunter (August 26-27, 2017). © All Rights Reserved.

12 thoughts on “Continuous Bloom for Butterflies

  1. Nice to see so many varieties of butterflies.. I really thought the red-spotted Purple was beautiful. I haven’t seen that variety in years…Hmmm. Maybe its too cold up here north country..

  2. Hello! I want to ask permission to use your photo of the red spotted purple in a post I’ll do in the near future on the colour “indigo”. I would credit you by name and link to your post and to your blog home. The post will have about 10 photos all up. Pls let me know. Thanks!

  3. I’ve never seen the red-spotted Purple butterfly. It’s GORGEOUS! Actually I don’t think I’ve seen any of the variety you captured except for the Tiger Swallowtail. We have quite a few flittering around here at the creek. Far too smoky to go outside and hunt for them at the moment.

    Also, the blossoms on our butterfly bushes are lilac colored. I thought they WERE lilac bushes all along some of the roads when we first moved here. Ours also seem to bloom in spring, so even more like lilacs in that sense.

  4. These are stunning photos, Nick. A wonderful array of unusual beauties, yet I liked how you included the more common, yet gorgeous, Sulphur and the tattered black swallowtail. This is a true tribute to butterflies, and much appreciated.

  5. Pingback: I see… Indigo – Exploring Colour

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