Related Post: The Monarchs are Back
There are several adult butterflies that are ecstatic about the Liatris ligulistylis ~ Meadow Blazingstar flowering. It is by far their favorite plant to nectar upon. We have counted up to 18 Monarchs at one time nectaring on this Blazingstar.
My husband jokes that he has to fight his way up our walkway through the monarchs this time of year. They also like the Eupatorium purpurem ~ Joe Pye Weed for nectaring.
We used to have a significant amount of Swamp Milkweed but due to the drought in the previous 5 years, the only plants that remain are in our raingarden by the driveway.
chrysalis last year on the siding.
I find the gold coloring on the green chrysalis amazing. How on earth does a caterpillar manage to create a cocoon like that?
The origin of the word chrysalis is from Greek khrusallis, from khrusos 'gold' because of the gold or metallic coloring in many butterfly chrysalises.