I am almost as passionate about butterflies now as I am about birds. There are so many to learn about and it's amazing to find out about all the different kinds there are, and quirks they have.
This is the Hackberry Emperor. Just as it says in the book, it is a swift flier. As I tried to take the pictures, it would take off and I almost kinked my neck trying to follow it about the yard before it came back to the spot it liked in front of me.
Its larval foodplant is the Hackberry Tree...now I just have to find out what a Hackberry Tree looks like. See how the learning never ends! Another new butterfly for me is this Coral Hairstreak. It likes Butterfly Weed, so says the book but here you can see how tiny it is sitting on an Impatiens flower. It's larval foodplants are wild cherry and wild plum. An old home favorite is the Great Spangled Fritillary. I am at the very bottom of it's range here in Northern Alabama. As a matter of fact I am very surprised to have them here. It is quite large and just a beautiful addition to any garden. It's larval foodplants are violets.
Every garden should include plants that will bring these beauties in and this Butterfly Bush (buddleia) is just a great addition to any garden.