Monday, May 24, 2010

Butterflies and the pagoda

I gathered with my siblings this weekend at the family home on Lake Norman.  A rainy morning cleared to blue skies and a cool breeze in the afternoon. While walking around the yard, I noticed a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly - the flrst I've seen this season - so I followed it with my camera. 
The swallowtail and a silver-spotted skipper were both attracted to the flowers of this Pagoda Dogwood.
This small tree had been hiding for years in a tangle of other shrubs, vines, and larger trees until my brother uncovered it.   I think I'm going to add it to my garden wish list.

6 comments:

Gary said...

Hi Ginny,
What beautiful photos!

leavesnbloom said...

Ginny these photos are just wonderful. How wonderful to have such beautiful creatures visit your garden.

littlewing said...
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littlewing said...

The Pagoda Dogwood is lovely. Are you in zone 7 or 7b in your home garden? I would be interested to hear how one would do in 7b.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtails are my favorites:)

Ginny said...

The pagoda is in zone 7a - at home I'm in 6b according to the USDA map.

Bonnie said...

Beautiful swallowtail pictures.