Tattered Gulf fritillary

Life has taken a toll on this butterfly as revealed by its tattered and torn up wings.  But regardless of the predators and various environmental challenges it has faced, it is still a beautiful butterfly that has survived to fly another day.

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph”.  ~Thomas Paine

Migrating Monarchs

So glad to see the Monarch butterflies back in our area after making their spring migration.  They arrived here around the middle to end of April.  These photos were taken on April 28.

“But even if I’m left high and dry at the end of this wild journey, just taking it is a great feeling.”  ~Olivia Wilde

Attracted to the Mistflowers

As you drive along the country roads of West Tennessee in the late summer and autumn, you are likely to see a burst of pale bluish-purple wildflowers growing along the way.  The Mistflower grows in clusters, and its fluffy-looking flowers are magnets for butterflies, moths and other insects which are attracted to its nectar.

“There are many things in life that will catch you eye, but only a few will catch your heart.  Pursue these.”  ~Michael Nolan

Busy pollinators

Presently, the fragrant flowers of the White Snakeroot plant can be seen along the edges of the road, especially flourishing in the filtered sunlight of the tall oak trees.  Being one of the last wildflowers to bloom in the autumn, it provides a valuable source of nectar for a variety of busy insects.

“It’s not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy.  The bee is praised.  The mosquito is swatted.”  ~Mary Flannery O’Connor