Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Butterflies And Caterpillars

 I was so surprised to see these gorgeous Black Swallowtails on my Butterfly Bush!
Please excuse the fact that it has not been pruned or dead headed all summer,
I have not been able to do it.
During a "normal" summer, I deadhead all of the spent blooms and the bush looks gorgeous.
It would have a lot more blooms on it had I been able to keep up with it.

Still the butterflies don't mind and I found these two were having a blast, 
fluttering from one bloom to the next!

And what a surprise to find this caterpillar on a piece of old dill.

My dill did not do well this year, 
so I did not get the abundant number of caterpillars I usually do.

- just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly -


  1. Hello Debbie,
    I have not pruned our butterfly bush, the butterflies do not seem to mind. Your Swallowtail butterflies are gorgeous, great ind on the caterpillar. Have a great day!

  2. Beautiful photos. These butterflies are so gorgeous.

  3. Glorious colours and photos! Love this post.

  4. Debbie - what a blessing for you!

  5. The last time I saw a wonderful butterfly like that happened when I was a kid.

  6. Hello Debbie,:=) What beautiful photos of the black Swallow Tail butterfly.I didn't know of their existence until now. They look exotic, and the caterpillar is also pretty awesome.

  7. Fabulous photographs Debbie :)

    All the best Jan

  8. Isn't it wonderful that the insects don't mind at all when we can't keep up with our gardening. Wow everything else grew so great in your garden, figures the dill wouldn't it. Another butterfly in the making :)

  9. We still have a few butterflies hanging around our butterfly bush. It got considerably larger this year. I would call your butterfly operation quite successful even if the dill didn't cooperate.

  10. You are finding the best of quotes. This was a good one. Your photos of butterflies are always spectacular. I love the one of the Caterpillar. You are so talented with taking photos!