Skippers perched drinking nectar and a little hummingbird on the way.
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It was the hummingbird I was looking for when I walked over to the flowering gardens and met up with a zealous group of butterflies, which I believe were Silver-spotted Skippers. What a fun group of butterflies!
The Skippers may not seem as spectacular as the bright Zebra Swallowtail or awe-inspiring like the Monarchs, but these winged friends are very playful. They fluttered and flitted to and fro, hovering only briefly and often gathering together on a single flower.
According to Geyata Ajilvsgi, in my all time favorite Butterfly reference book, Butterfly Gardening for the South, these winged garden friends are, “pugnacious in character and will attack just about anything in its range, especially other butterflies, no matter which species they happen to be” (pg 150).
I would never have guessed that what I thought was simply a family generously sharing in their source of energy, might instead have been a combative rivalry.
I’ve missed a few Horticulture Therapy group gatherings, but I’ve tried to keep a connection with the gardens by visiting. The images I come home with help me remember the Green Healing moments in time.
Thanks for visiting Green Healing Notes!
Butterfly Gardening for the South.
Taylor Publishing Company, 1991.
The Audubon Society Pocket Guides.
Familiar Butterflies, North America.
A Chanticleer Press Edition
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1990.
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