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This Monarch had just beaten a little female Ruby-throated hummingbird to this white Butterfly bush flower. He enjoyed his peace for just a few seconds before she continued her pursuit and hoovered very near. He would flutter off, also for just a few seconds and then he would flutter back to push his case for the right to this flower!
It was a very quiet morning late July. I was sitting in my screened porch working my usual Sudoku puzzle when I just seemed to hear a call to go outside. I took my camera and walked around for quite a while. I saw a bunny rabbit and took some pictures. I saw some cattails that I thought were cool looking and took more pictures. Finally I came back home and just stood for a few minutes looking at my garden. Suddenly I noticed an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on a tall verbena flower. Then I saw another one. Then I saw a Monarch and soon another Monarch fluttered about. None of them seemed to want their pictures taken. They would light for just seconds and then fly off.
I got some exercise in chasing these guys all around my yard! Finally one Monarch discovered a white butterfly bush and kept returning to it. . . so I stood there and snapped some shots. To my great delight, this cute little Hummingbird also liked this specific flower and she and the Monarch played a game chasing each other away, trying to claim it for their own. They seemed to trade time and ended up sharing the wealth!
Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) is a beautiful, fast-growing, deciduous shrub with masses of blossoms—long, spiked trusses—that bloom from summer to autumn. Its flowers come in many colors, lavender-pink (mauve,) to white and dark purple cultivars..
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August 5th, 2019
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