Today’s photos are from Christina Stiern.
I’m sending some pictures from my garden in Defiance, Missouri, featuring early August blooms and some beautiful garden visitors. To see more of my garden, you can follow me on Instagram @tamingruggedacres
Monarch resting on a ‘Pee Wee’ oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’, Zones 5–9) leaf. ‘Pee Wee’ is a dwarf selection of the oakleaf hydrangea typically staying in the range of 3-to-4 feet tall, while the regular species can get as tall as 6 or even 8 feet.
American painted lady on Allium ‘Millenium’ (Zones 3–9). This butterfly usually overwinters in Northern Mexico and the U.S. Southwest, migrating back north each summer, often in large groups. The caterpillars feed on a wide range of plants, including sunflowers, thistles, and hollyhocks.
Seeing double! Two silvery checkerspots sharing butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa, Zones 3–9). Though only a few species of caterpillars can feed on the leaves of milkweed, many butterflies will feed on the nectar of the flowers. The caterpillars of the silvery checkerspot feed on many plants, including asters, sunflowers, and coneflowers.
Silvery checkerspot side view.
Silver-spotted skipper on Allium ‘Millenium’. The caterpillars feed primarily on black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia, Zones 3–8).
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