Our gardens and adjacent woodlands are filled with host plants and nectar plants for most species of butterfly found in Northeast Georgia. We provide puddling sites, overwintering refuge and are a pesticide free garden. So the habitat is here and, in a normal year we usually have lots of butterflies.
|Silvery checkerspot sipping minerals & salts at puddling site|
|Silver-spotted skipper on Buttonbush|
Many of the butterflies were looking pretty ragged. They were beat up by the heavy rains and/or predator attacks. Notice their tattered wings. The good news is that butterflies are tougher than they look. Wings break and scales come off. If they didn't they wouldn't be able to escape their predators and would be eaten for lunch more often than not.
|Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on beebalm|
|Black Swallowtail on purple coneflower|
|silvery checkerspot sharing purple coneflower with friendly bee|
|Variegated Fritillary caterpillar on passiflora|
|Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on buttonbush|
|two silvery checkerspot on butterflyweed|