July 18: sunflower, swallowtails, and monarch caterpillar

I love July in the garden. The flowers still have fresh blooms, and the butterflies start showing up.

tiger swallowtail on butterfly bush
Eastern tiger swallowtail on Miss Ruby butterfly bush
eastern swallowtail
Eastern Tiger swallowtail

 

The caterpillars start showing up, too.

monarch caterpillar
Monarch caterpillar

 

This is the first year I’ve planted sunflower seeds. Most of the seedlings were decapitated by critters, probably bunnies. But I’ve got one that made it to bloom.

sunflower
My first sunflower 😍

One thought on “July 18: sunflower, swallowtails, and monarch caterpillar

  1. You know, I used to live in a neighborhood known as ‘Monarch Grove’ because the monarch butterflies swarmed the blue and red gums there, but I never once saw a monarch butterfly caterpillar there.

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