Saturday, August 11, 2007

Butterflies Crave Lantana

I think this is a Black Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.A Fiery Skipper maybe? He was perched on my window after the storm yesterday.
and a Silver-Spotted Skipper
They don't seem to mind the hot weather!


Gina said...

david - that lantana is so pretty! it reminds me of my friend shannon who always has that in her garden. unfortunately, i dont think it is hardy in my zone 5. nice butterfly too.

LostRoses said...

Not sure how I found your blog, but I like it! This is the first year I've put lantana in one of my containers (zone 5), and I've enjoyed it but are you supposed to deadhead it? Mine has morphed into a bunch of really cute little seedballs, so is the show over?

David in Greensboro NC said...

Thanks, Gina. Yes, I think in Zone 5, it's an annual. The variety I have, "Miss Huff," is one of the hardiest, but I think Zone 7 is as far north as it can survive the winter.

Lostroses--Thanks for reading my blog. I'm glad you like it. I don't deadhead mine at all, and as you can see, they bloom profusely. Once they produce seedballs, I think the show is pretty much over.

Q said...

Hi David,
I think your Swallowtail is a Black Swallowtail. The fenale black Tiger Swallowtail's body is all black no spots and she doesn't continueously flutter like the Black Swallowtail. I have trouble telling them apart until I see the body.
Lantana is pretty and the butterflies do like it!
Your photos are lovely.
These are butterfly days, that is why I garden. I am working on making my city lot into a butterfly reserve. It will take a few years!
Gardens do change. You have had too dry and too hot for too long!
Don't give up! I went native after the April freeze took out over 400 plants! Big change but way easier!