Butterfly Weather

A red admiral butterfly on milkweed flowers in the garden in Jester Park, Iowa, July 4, 2018.

I was following a flighty monarch butterfly around the garden when I saw the red admiral butterfly. Not to be outdone, the monarch landed on a milkweed plant close by.

The elder elk was resting in the grass next to the observation deck. He didn’t share the festive and energetic mood of the butterflies.

The elder elk resting in the grass in Jester Park, Iowa, July 4, 2018.

A red admiral butterfly on milkweed flowers in the garden in Jester Park, Iowa, July 4, 2018.

A red admiral butterfly on milkweed flowers in the garden in Jester Park, Iowa, July 4, 2018.

A red admiral butterfly on milkweed flowers in the garden in Jester Park, Iowa, July 4, 2018.

A monarch butterfly on milkweed flowers in the garden in Jester Park, Iowa, July 4, 2018.

A monarch butterfly on milkweed flowers in the garden in Jester Park, Iowa, July 4, 2018.

A monarch butterfly on milkweed flowers in the garden in Jester Park, Iowa, July 4, 2018.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

 

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26 Responses to Butterfly Weather

  1. zirah1 says:

    Great pictures of the butterflies, but I think my actual favorite is of the elk peeking out from all the grass. Fun shot!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Zirah πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed the pictures. πŸ™‚

      The photo of the elk is one of my favorites. πŸ™‚ I was wandering around the garden looking for butterflies when I saw his antlers above the grass through the fence. He was too close to the observation deck for me to take a photo of his antlers and his face at the same time. The wooden fence around the outside of the observation deck was in the way. He lifted his head when he saw me which was the photo here. Then, he turned away and went back to napping. πŸ™‚ I didn’t see the rest of the elk herd. As I was leaving, I saw the bison coming up the hill in the 2nd field. I imagine both the elk and the bison must find the heat and humidity tiring.

      • zirah1 says:

        HA! I can relate to the elk and bison finding the heat and humidity tiring. I’m already looking forward to cooler weather. Oh dear! p. s. It was interesting timing for you to post monarch pictures. I’d just been reading the latest issue of Birds & Blooms, which features some info and pics of them. Also talks about a look-alike….I think it was called a viceroy butterfly and how to tell the difference.

        • Sarah says:

          I hope you have relief from the hot weather soon. πŸ™‚

          Thank you for sharing what you read about the viceroy butterfly. πŸ™‚ I heard about the viceroy butterfly at some point. I haven’t seen one yet. What I remember is that it doesn’t have spots on its body like the monarch butterfly. I have been looking for one. I have seen a couple of butterflies fluttering around from a distance that I couldn’t identify or get close enough to for photos. I have seen at least 4 monarchs at one time. They fly between the garden and the fields of The Bison and Elk Enclosure so there could be many more of them around. I am happy that they have found the garden with its many flowers and the fields. One day soon, I am going to visit the Butterfly Garden near the Saylorville Lake Visitor Center to see what flowers they have planted and whatever butterflies are around. The butterflies like the hot and humid weather. I am usually outside at sunrise when its relatively cool and they are resting in hiding places. The really hot weather means they have been more active in the early mornings. July and August here are usually hot and humid and perfect weather for the butterflies even if us larger beings tend to wilt in it. πŸ™‚

          • zirah1 says:

            We just had a thunderstorm come thru and cool things off a bit, plus they sky is still heavily overcast, which helps. As for the viceroy, if I remember correctly there are several ways to tell it from the monarch, especially if you’re a pro, which I’m not. I think the easiest was to see if there is a black band across the middle of the lower wings, instead of just along the rim.. If so, it’s a viceroy. Have a nice weekend!

            • Sarah says:

              It is good to hear the temps cooled off a bit. It makes it easier to enjoy the out of doors. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the information about the viceroy butterfly. I will be looking for one this summer. I plan to spend the early mornings this weekend out with the camera which is a happy thing to do. I might drive by the Butterfly Garden by the Saylorville Lake Visitor Center to see what is planted in the garden there and who might be fluttering by. It is a more formal type garden than the one in Jester Park. I hope you have a nice weekend as well! πŸ™‚

  2. Wonderful shots, Sarah. πŸ˜ƒ The weather looks fine and thanks for sharing your lovely nature photos! Enjoy the season and happy photography… much love β˜€οΈ ❀

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Iris πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you liked the photos. πŸ™‚ It is wonderful to go out in the early mornings and see what new flowers have bloomed and which birds stop by the bird bath. The butterflies are favorites along with the flowers and the birds. They are little wings of happy filling the air. πŸ™‚ I hope you are enjoying your season and keeping warm! πŸ™‚ ❀

      • Yes, it’s rather chilly here but the season has it’s beauty as well… I enjoy the winter landscape, snow- capped mountains and warm log fires… time to take a break and meet up with friends, Sarah. The markets are full of life too, so many interesting places to go to as well!! Thanks for your kind thoughts… take good care too! πŸ˜ƒ πŸ”₯ 🐨

        • Sarah says:

          I am happy to hear you are enjoying your time. πŸ™‚ ❀ Winter does have its beauty. Markets are interesting and fun places to visit. Things to see and people to meet. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your happy wishes and for stopping by with your cheerfulness and sweetness. πŸ™‚ ❀

  3. Shady_Grady says:

    Nice pics as always Sarah. Really good definition. When do the butterflies leave?

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you liked seeing the butterflies and the elder elk. πŸ™‚

      I haven’t looked up yet what happens with the red admiral butterflies in the fall. I was thinking about that when I was making the post. The monarchs leave during September. September is butterfly month here because the central and eastern North American monarchs make their way down to Mexico and this area is part of their flyway. The monarchs on the western coastal areas over-winter at a spot in California.

      I am keeping an eye on all of the milkweed plants I can see in the garden and nearby in hopes of seeing a monarch caterpillar. If I have seen one before, I don’t remember.

  4. Beautiful pictures, Sarah. You give me hope to see Monarchs here. My Butterfly Bush has yet to flower and our milkweeds I believe have not flowered yet either. So glad to see you are out in Nature enjoying what She offers to you. Happy Weekend! 😎😎😎

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Amy πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you liked seeing the butterflies. πŸ™‚ The Monarchs arrived here sometime in the last few weeks or at least that is when I first saw them. I hope you see them flitting about your gardens soon. πŸ™‚ Happy Weekend back to you! πŸ™‚

  5. Such clarity in the Admiral photos but agree the elk peeping through is entrancing. It certainly is butterfly weather here now after so much could and rain the sun is now high and hot!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! The elk was not amused by the heat and humidity and perhaps me disturbing his rest! πŸ™‚ I really liked seeing the patterns on the butterfly wings. They remind me of paintings. So pretty. πŸ™‚ There was a little bit of a cooler spell, but now the weather is back to hot and humid. The elk were in the water this morning and there were butterflies in the air. I hope you manage the heat okay and stay cool!

      • Am inside and so can blog. Too hot for work outside. Trouble is in Spring we try to do everything before retreating inside for most of day in July and August.

        • Sarah says:

          It is difficult to work outside or even be outside in the extreme heat. I am happy you have a cool place to spend your time during the hot months. I go out in the early mornings and then spend most of the rest of the day inside when it is really hot. There are cooler days sprinkled in with the hot ones here during the summer which is nice.

          • It’s also pleasant in the mornings too but for a Sierra the temperatures have gone higher in the day but luckily we cool down nicely over night, thanks to the trees and the breeze!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous shots!!!!!

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