The Painted Lady Butterflies

Dozens of painted lady butterflies filled the gardens in September. They outnumbered the Monarch butterflies in the Butterfly Garden by Saylorville Lake. I saw one chase a Monarch butterfly away from the shrub verbena flowers!

The painted lady butterflies who live here in the summer migrate to the southwestern United States for the winter.

September 17, 2017

A painted lady butterfly on a zinnia flower in the Butterfly Garden at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 17, 2017.

Painted lady butterflies in the Butterfly Garden at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 17, 2017.

September 19, 2017

A painted lady butterfly on a zinnia flower in the Butterfly Garden at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 19, 2017.

A painted lady butterfly on a zinnia flower in the Butterfly Garden at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 19, 2017.

September 22, 2017

A painted lady butterfly on shrub verbena flowers in the Butterfly Garden at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 22, 2017.

September 24, 2017

A painted lady butterfly on a zinnia flower in the Butterfly Garden at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 24, 2017.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

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