Sunday, February 22, 2009

Today's Flowers: Buds and Bugs

For this weeks edition of Today's Flowers I have more combo pics of buds and bugs.
I am not sure what type of plant that this is. I tried to look it up but I was not able to identify it.
It was very popular with the monarch butterflies at the butterfly garden at Maplewood Nature Center. These pics were taken on September 6th.
It would be cool to find out what type of flower that this is, because if I would like to try and talk Michelle into letting me landscape our very small yard.
We live in a town house but we do have a small fenced it back yard area between the house and the garage. Right now 405 of the yard is a cement slab and the remainder is grass, just the same as it was on the day that we moved in, but since we don't use the yard for much I thought it would be fun to landscape for butterflies and birds.

18 comments:

MicheleRF said...

Can't help with the flower but the photos are simply lovely. Hope someone more botanically inclined can help you with the ID:)

Lilli & Nevada said...

I have no clue about the flower but no matter cause the butterflies really compliments this beauty

Shellmo said...

Gorgeous photos! I wish I knew what those flowers were too! We want to landscape for a butterfly garden too!

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Hi Ecobirder,

Wonderful captures!
Great post!
Thanks for visiting TODAY'S FLOWERS.

Luiz

margaret said...

hi, my name is Margaret! I met you the day of the varied thrush and birdchick was there... Anywho, your flower is a liatris. Hope you can get a plant this spring.

Margaret Foreman
Mlfmonkey at yahoo dot com

margaret said...

Ps they smell really nice, too!

msdewberry said...

I don't know what the flower is either but the butterflies are gorgeous!!

madcobug said...

Those butterflies really love it and are beautiful. I believe Margaret is right about what kind of flowers those are. Helen

Arija said...

No matter what it is, it provides goood food for butterflies. Great shots.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

We have something like that called blazing star liatris. It's a native perennial that butterflies and hummingbirds go crazy for.

These pics make me even more eager for spring. The kids and I enjoy raising butterflies from caterpillars and then releasing them.

Denise said...

A winning combo, your butterflies and flowers. I love these photos. I think I am going to try and do what you did and plant more flowers that will attract butterflies this year. Lovely post, thank you.

Raven said...

Beautiful capture of butteflies and flowers

katy said...

Yes, that is blazing star, sometimes called gayfeather. There are several species of Liatris and you can tell them apart by the shape of the spike and bracts. The one pictured looks like Liatris aspera, rough blazing star. An interesting thing about Liatris is it has a special nectar that Monarch butterflies need to feed on before making the long migration down to Mexico.

guild-rez said...

Wonderful pictures of Liatris flowers and Monarch butterflies.
Just beautiful..

Janie said...

You god some really great shots of the monarch and his favorite flower. Lovely.
I've thought about planting a butterfly garden, too. Would be fun to try and attract them.

Barbara said...

These are just gorgous shots.
Smiles B

Chris said...

Beautiful photos! I just love admiring your work...

Philippine flower said...

Its looks like a many bouquets form.This is really cool.

-Ava