Butterflies and Bees in the Garden

Whenever I do a photo post I try to  link up on Photo Friday over at Pierced Wonderings. Even when I don’t link up I like to go look at the gorgeous pictures Jen and the others share.

Last week I was awed by the critter photos on Inspired by June. I was amazed at her patience and skill at getting shots of the butterflies and bees especially, because the ones in my garden never seem to stay still enough for me to snap.

But, she inspired me to give it a try. And this time of year the Salvia blossoms are quite tempting to the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. So, when I saw a butterfly fluttering around the backyard, I grabbed my camera, zoomed in and started snapping.

bee flying in salvia

a little blurry, but I love the lighting

bee in rosemary

this bee is enjoying the rosemary blossoms

Papilio eurymedon in Salvia (pale swallowtail butterfly in sage blossoms)

YES! I got a clear shot.

Papilio eurymedon in Salvia (pale swallowtail butterfly in sage blossoms)

And then, he/she moved around to the front blossoms. SCORE!


Not as spectacular as June’s photos but I am proud I actually managed to get some pretty shots.

I posted the butterfly shots on Instagram and asked what kind of butterfly it was, because I like to know these things. A lepidoptery student quickly identified it as Papilio eurymedon (pale swallowtail).

These photos help show why I encourage everyone, especially Californians in this drought, to plant native plants to your area. If you plant them they will come…


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  1. I don’t compare shots to other bloggers–I just take them as they are and your photos are great in your own right! That last shot is just wonderful!!

    1. I try hard not to compare myself to others, but to how I was before. My photography skills a few years ago were sorely lacking, but I keep practicing and getting inspired by others. And I am quite proud of that last shot, which I never would have gotten years ago.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out! Your bees and butterflies are gorgeous! We aren’t yet in bloom down here (although the camellias are fading & the azaleas and privets are coming on strong), but we’re making plans. I had the husband till up the strip of land from our fence to the road (about 8 ft wide & maybe 100 ft long) and we’ve put out a butterfly and hummingbird mix of seeds. I can’t wait to see the beauties that stop by to enjoy it!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Photo Friday!

    1. Thanks, Jen. I love your link up because it is inspiring me to keep practicing my photography.

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