Small Creatures, Giant Sunflowers

Here are some of the pollinators and other critters that have been visiting the garden this summer.  Also, the giant sunflowers are crazy!!  I had no idea when I planted them how big they would get.

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Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly on zinnia

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Black swallowtail butterfly on zinnia

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Black swallowtail caterpillar on curly parsley

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Red-spotted purple butterfly on sedum

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Red-spotted purple butterfly on sedum

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The sedum is starting to turn pink now and attracting a lot of pollinators.

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Hoverfly on phlox

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Common buckeye butterfly on cucumber plant

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Painted lady butterfly on Agastache hyssop

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Large bumblebee on Agastache hyssop

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Nasturtium flower

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I think this is a silvery checkerspot butterfly on marigolds.  This butterfly has sunflower for its host plant, which makes sense.  Though it also looks like a pearl crescent butterfly.

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Posing by the sunflower on 8/7/19 when the first flower opened on the two tall sunflower plants.

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On 8/26/19 I took this picture of the crazy sunflower plants waving above the garden.

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When we got back to the garden after a short road trip one of the sunflowers had tipped over.  I cut off the heaviest flower heads and propped it up enough that I could walk underneath it.  The bird, bees and butterflies love these flowers!

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Sunny summer day…

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Add in the sound of cicadas…  This is one of several cicada shells I found; this one on a collard leaf.

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I am not sure if this is a grasshopper or katydid.

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When I was young I spent a lot of time getting dragonflies to sit on my finger.  I had fun doing that again.  This beautiful blue dragonfly was sitting on the clothes line and stepped onto my warm finger and rested for a while.

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We just took a short vacation and visited a lot of parks and nature preserves in Illinois and Missouri.  This dragonfly was spotted at the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge yesterday.  They have an area called Sandy Hollow with wonderful hiking paths.  Just guessing, but this dragonfly might be a brown spotted yellow wing dragonfly.  It was resting in the prairie as the morning warmed up.

September has arrived, but I am holding on to summer a little longer!

12 thoughts on “Small Creatures, Giant Sunflowers

  1. Donna Hirsch

    Lovely, as usual! What variety are your sunflowers? Will you save seeds for next year? On the Worth FB page, somebody said her sunflowers were cut down and removed overnight a few days (week?) ago. Rotten people!!!

    1. I am looking through my sunflower seed packets. I see two from Burpee, “Busy Bee” and Solar Eclipse.” Both packets say 4 – 5 feet tall, so either I lost the correct packet or the seed packet height was not correct. I don’t save seeds. I put some of the seed heads on the ground for the squirrels to work on and the goldfinches are picking at the flowers and seeds. No rascally neighbors seem to be coming for my sunflowers!

    1. Thank you! When I was trying to film the red spotted purple butterfly it fluttered onto the camera, making it impossible to take the picture. But I can’t resist trying to get pictures of butterflies.

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