The praying mantis is still living on the patio. I watched her climb onto the bee balm and stay there perfectly still until a skipper few near. Then she’d turn her head around quickly ready to catch it if it came close enough. She didn’t have any luck. She gave up after a while and crawled away on to another plant. I didn’t see her at all yesterday, although I’m sure she’s still lurking around someplace.
I picked up more zinnia this weekend. These are the big, flat flower head kind. The butterflies love them! I was finally able to get some nice images of a fritillary nectaring on the front porch.
I have a nice variety of nectar flowers right now. I live in such an urban section of Pasadena, that I’m amazed I get butterflies at all. But as I was told, plant it and they will come. And they have!
Besides the butterflies, I have failed to give the bees any credit. This year I’ve had so many of them! I take them for granted as I also do the hummingbirds since they are always in my garden in abundance. I took a photo of one of the bees on the milkweed. I’ll try and get some photos of the hummers in a future post.
So far this year I’d say I’ve had a very successful pollinator/butterfly garden. I am hoping more caterpillars make it through their cycle to become butterflies before the summer is over.