Butterflies

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I’ve been thinking for the last few years that I would like to make my  yard more butterfly-friendly. Last year I planted a butterfly bush which didn’t exactly “take off” but it seemed to establish pretty well. The polar vortex winter made me nervous about the survival of any newer plants. So I was very happy when the butterfly bush made it, and now it has beautiful, vibrant purple blooms.

This morning’s visitor seems to agree!

Any other butterfly fans out there? I’d love to hear what others do to attract our fluttery friends.

p.s. anyone know what kind of butterfly this is?

Swallowtail butterfly on Ligularia

Edit: I thought I would add this beauty who came to visit a different flower this afternoon!

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