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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16 Responses to The Painted Lady Butterflies

  1. OUTSTANDING photography, Sarah! I am in awe at the detail you captured. Just wow! You are SO good with the winged ones. Thank YOU for giving me such a delight! (((HUGS))) πŸ¦‹

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Amy πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you liked seeing the butterflies. πŸ™‚ They always cheer me up! There were bunches of them moving from flower to flower and floating through the air. I don’t think I have seen so many butterflies in one place before. It was awe inspiring. πŸ™‚

  2. Shady_Grady says:

    Amazing pictures. It’s a reminder that the current cold days will not last.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed the pictures. πŸ™‚ I was lost in the memory of the flowers and the butterflies when I put the post together. It was a relaxing place to be. πŸ™‚ I had to look up the the shrub verbena. They had a marker with the Latin name “Lantana camara” in the garden bed. They are annuals. I think they would make a beautiful addition to any garden. They were 1 to 2 1/2 feet high and in full sun. The zinnia flowers are a favorite of mine and the butterflies. πŸ™‚

  3. birdlady612 says:

    They are so pretty, and they like one of my favorite flowers- zinnia! Looking forward to the end of winter and butterflies.. πŸ™‹πŸ¦

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you liked seeing the flowers and the butterflies. πŸ™‚ It was fun to put together the photos and remember the days in the garden. I can close my eyes and sit on the park bench and see the butterflies floating around and busy on the flowers. πŸ™‚ It takes my mind off the cold. I hope you have success planting zinnias this year. They are pretty and cheerful flowers. πŸ™‚

  4. stbarbebaker says:

    Very perfect images, I hope the pollinators are here to stay. I am working on a pollinator garden. Thanks for sharing your photos

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you liked seeing the butterflies. πŸ™‚ It was captivating to watch them. They were appreciating the collection of flowers all in one spot! It is good to hear you are planting a pollinator garden. I think they are important and educational and fun. I don’t remember them from when I was young. This butterfly garden is down a path from the Visitor’s Center at Saylorville Lake which is in a different location on the lake from Jester Park where most of the other Saylorville Lake photos were taken. On the other side of the Visitor’s Center is a small woods where there are paths and trees with identification plaques. There is an outlook deck for looking at the lake. In the Visitor’s Center, there are displays about the nature of the area. In addition to interested grown-ups like myself, they give tours and discussions with groups of school children. One of the mornings in September, two park rangers were waiting for a group of school children to assemble. As I was leaving, half of the group was headed with one ranger down the path to the butterfly garden. I think the more nature education the better so future generations grow up with an appreciation and their own experience of nature.

      A while ago, I was looking up what bumble bees do in the winter and read that honey bees are not native to North America. They were brought here from Europe and some of them escaped and established in the wild. There are many other bees in this area in addition to the bumble bees and honey bees which are familiar to me. I am now on the look out for them. I am at the very beginning with identifying butterflies, bees and bugs.

  5. Beautiful photos! I planted 3 butterfly bushes and last year never saw a monarch! Oh well there’s always this year!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed the photos. πŸ™‚ I spent time in good memories putting the post together. I hope you have success attracting Monarchs to your garden! They are magnificent. Garden season is right around the corner. πŸ™‚

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