Monday, June 15, 2015

Mosaic Monday #46 - An American Lady Visits

You know the old saying "be careful what you wish for"! Farmers and gardeners alike have been wishing for rain where I live and we've been getting it - every day, pretty much all day.
Therefore, this explains why I had time to play and create fun mosaics this week - but please don't expect this much fun every week. :-)
Who is this American Lady that is visiting you wonder?
Here she is in late summer sipping nectar from the bloom of a butterfly bush. But she has been in the garden long before then.
You can tell the American Lady from a Painted Lady by the two large eyespots on the lower wing, the Painted Lady has four or five eyespots. 
This is the plant that attracts her, looks like a patch of weeds, doesn't it? But if you were to look closely, you would see more than a dozen tiny black caterpillars nesting inside a silky nest of the leaves of this host plant.
The flowers become prettier as they form tight little white buds that attracts other insects as well.
As the little caterpillars eat the leaves of the pearly everlasting they grow bigger until they reach the colourful specimen you see in the centre. The black blob in the top right photo is frass (caterpillar poop) which often alerts the gardener that something is eating the leaves.  Bottom left is the chrysalis stage, still within the host plant.
Echinacea are another favourite nectar plant of the American Lady.
Have you found the evidence of any butterfly babies in your garden?

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41 comments:

  1. Hello Judith, I love the beautiful butterfly. The Purple Coneflowers are one of my favorite flowers, I am glad they attract the butterflies too. The Irish blessing is lovely. Thanks for hosting! Happy Monday and have a great week ahead!

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  2. Wonderful photos ! I have only seen lots of Swallowtails here and no other butterfly's at all so far even our hummers are far and few between this year ! Yes we have also had lots of rain and again today it is rainy foggy and humid . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  3. Oh Judith, your creative mosaics are simply beautiful as well as the subjects you've selected!!...:)JP

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  4. Oh Judith, what wonderful images and mosaics!
    I never manage to take photos of butterflies. They are much too fast for me... :)
    Thank you for hosting MM and have a lovely week!

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  5. Judith, Your mosaics are spectacular! And thanks for responding to my comment about Live Writer a couple weeks ago - had you not, I'd have never known the problem wasn't mine but that of a bazillion bloggers. Luckily it was solved by Microsoft and Google shortly after you wrote. Hello to all, I've missed you! Jackie

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  6. Hello, Judith!
    Your mosaic are so beautiful!! The last one is lovely and I like the poem. The American lady butterfly is
    pretty.Your creativity is special! Have a good day!

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  7. Oh My Judith, you've outdone yourself with these mosaics.
    And now I know more about the world of caterpillars and butterflies. Thanks.

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  8. Hi Judith, you have been having fun with your butterfly images this week, how interesting they all are, love the first one the best.
    Sending best wishes for a great week ahead,
    Maggie

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  9. The rain seems to be never ending since it started over a week ago, and it looks like more of the same this week. We should all be more like the weather and pay no attention to criticism. When it was nice out I was starting to see some more butterflies this season. I' sure the nice weather will be returning soon and we'll be seeing more of them.

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  10. I really enjoyed your mosaics this week!! So lovely! The butterfly is beautiful isn't it! xx

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  11. Wow, Judith! Your mosaics are impressive, beautiful, and informative. Nature provides so much for our enjoyment. I had fun playing with a mosaic to contribute. It's not perfect [off center] but maybe with time and practice I'll improve. Have a great week!

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  12. Beautiful and interesting. You outdid yourself with your mosaics today!

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  13. Thanks so much for the party...love your pretty mosaics.

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  14. So beautiful Judith. Grateful the rain allowed you to make this art and grateful to you for hosting. It delights me that you make room in your beautiful yard for the butterfly host plants, even if they are not exactly "well groomed".

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  15. Judith, what a great post! Lots of information about your American Lady butterfly and the host plants. Loved it! Happy Monday and thanks so much for hosting.

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  16. Judith, what fun!! Not that I'm wishing you too many more rainy days, but... Love these mosaics! And again, thank you for hosting. I almost forgot to link!

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  17. What an interesting post - loved the photos and all the information. I had no idea that the Pearly Everlasting was a host. It grows in huge bunches all along the roadsides here in NW Washington and in very northern California, though I've never once seen one of those butterflies - now I will be on the lookout for them. Each summer we gather arm loads of the Pearly Everlasting to dry and use for autumn wreaths and bouquets. I love the dragonfly on the Pearly Everlasting too.

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  18. Very interesting mosaics today, Judith. I have butterfly bush, and Echinacea which attract many butterflies. I haven't seen any yet this year, but soon I imagine!

    Deanna

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  19. Great post, Judith, with new information for me. I'll be looking to see evidence of baby butterflies in my garden. We have lots of the adults fluttering around the buddleia but I rarely capture them in photos. So glad the American Lady stopped by for a visit.

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  20. Hello Judith, what an interesting and informative post with great photos! Thank you :-D

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  21. Such a beautiful visitor to have in your garden, Judith! I'm glad you also allow the caterpillars to survive to grow into butterflies.
    I had a very large yellow butterfly visitor one day. Unfortunately, I don;t know its name. At first I thought it was a bird, as it was so large. My granddaughter was enchanted when she saw it and now she talks about making butterflies when she draws a picture. It's very sweet.

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  22. Thank you for showing your American Lady as well as the plants that attract the butterflies. Great closeups. Thank you too for Mosaic Monday.
    Rob

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  23. Thank you Judith for Mosaic Monday 46. Loved seeing your close ups of the butterfly and caterpillar. Have a lovely week, hope the rain refreshes all the gardens.

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  24. Hi Judith, what a lovely butterfly the American Lady is and I love how you make your collages, always so pleasant to see. We are planning to see the butterfly conservatory in town soon, this gave me more motivation to do so... Thank you :-)

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  25. You HAVE been enjoying making up these mosaics! They look great, and the American Lady is a pretty gardening accent. Enjoy your day ... the rain seems to have moved off a bit down here today, but still overcast.
    Wendy

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  26. Your mosaics are beautiful. I love the layouts that look like scrapbook pages or cards. And I'll write the Irish blessing in my journal today! Sweet hugs and happy MM, Diane

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  27. I have this plant and love its green gray leaves...and I am always hopeful to find this pretty lady in my garden. Perhaps one year I will...fabulous mosaics Judith. We have had 12 inches of rain here since June 1st and not everyday so I had some time to garden.

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  28. Rarely see a butterfly in my courtyard, but don't really have the type of plants that attract them. Enjoyed seeing your pretty mosaics. I should spend more time and be more creative with mine.
    Thanks for hosting!!

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  29. A fascinating post. The details of the design on the butterfly's wings in the first photo is so beautiful. And the final Irish blessing and image is very sweet.

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  30. Such lovely garden pictures.
    Thanks for the party.
    Have a great week.
    Denise

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  31. Great mosaics, and I enjoyed hearing about and seeing your butterflies in all 3 stages!
    Not seeing a lot of butterfly activity yet other than the sulfurs and cabbage whites.
    Hugs, Beth

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  32. I see butterflies in my garden, Judith, but no evidence of butterfly babies. I enjoyed your Irish saying at the end of your post, along with all your pretty photos.

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  33. An unusually marked butterfly...nice, warm colors. I have never seen one that I recall. I am seeing lots of yellow butterflies and some black ones with white markings.

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  34. Your lovely mosaic made me think of the proverb, "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly..."

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  35. oh we are longing for the rain here! please send some our way. It would be lovely to have butterflys in the garden. We don't seem to have very many. Have a lovely week, and thank you for hosting.

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  36. I am hoping to see more butterflies soon, but it has been so cold and wet. The weather people keep telling us that 90 degree days are coming soon. Your fun time was wll spent on your mosaics, especially the one demonstrating the American Lady's life cycle. They are charming little ladies, aren't they?

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  37. PS, your are correct. I do need to stake the peonies. This is the first year that they have gotten so big. They are now in for 3 years and I suppose with all of the rain, too, they have done so well. I have the rings for them--somewhere in the barn or I'll have to buy new ones for next year, it looks like.

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  38. I've not been seeing as many butterflies the last few years in my garden. I've never seen an American Lady - she is equally attractive as a caterpillar. I had no idea that Pearly Everlasting was a host plant. Thanks for the info. It grows wild along the roadways here, perhaps I'll check some out more closely this summer and see if I can see any evidence of butterfly "babies"... :)

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  39. Dearest Judith; Oh My, how stunning your mosaics are♡♡♡ And the caterpillar mozaic is wonderful, beautiful colors they have♪ I love butterflies, but I havn't have much luck to see them this year yet :-)
    Echinacea is beautiful, I'd love the nectar of the flower if I were the American Lady p:-) And Thank you so much for sharing the poem and with really pretty illustration♬♬♬
    PS> So sorry for my belated comment and Thank so much for hosting, Dearest Frirnd.

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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  40. How interesting and fabulous this post was. I learned so much and the images and mosaics you had time to create were marvelous. Rain is coming down in buckets as I write and I am hoping the power will not go off, or I get kicked off of here too, always happens. Thank you always~

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