Bees and Butterflies Still Busy in the Garden
According to the website Monarch Watch, the peak for Monarch Butterfly abundance in Chicago should be roughly during the first half of September.
However, in our garden the Monarchs seem to be on an expedited timetable. This year in July and August we would often see multiple Monarchs, as many as five at once. In September, though, there’s only been one at a time.
Regardless, I wish them safe travels on their migration to Mexico.
Today there was also a Painted Lady feeding on the Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). Looks like she is sucking nectar through a straw. Tithonia continues to be our champion butterfly magnet.
Painted Ladies are migratory butterflies, just like the Monarchs. They too like to spend the winter in Mexico. Can’t say I blame them.
In our garden the butterflies like the Tithonia best of all the September blooms. They will also visit Buddleia and Joe Pye Weeds (Eutrochum maculatum).
Bees,on the other hand, are all over the Asters and the Goldenrods. Here’s a Honeybee on New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae angliae).Another Honeybee. I took most of these photos rather than Judy, so they are a little fuzzy.
Here’s a Sweat Bee, see how its legs are coated in pollen?
Another Sweat Bee.
The bumblebees love the Asters, Goldenrods, AND the Tithonia. They are all over. I often find them sleeping on the Tithonia flowers.
What’s buzzing around your garden these days?