Butterflies on Chives

One thing I’ve noticed in the vegetable garden lately is that butterflies LOVE the big purple flowers of the chive plants. This afternoon I counted six species at once, plus a bunch of different bees and flies.

European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
Milbert’s Tortoiseshell (Aglais milberti)
Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok – the dark “pocohantas” form of the female)
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5 thoughts on “Butterflies on Chives”

  1. I love all your Lepidoptera photos–I can never get close enough to even little painted ladies. It’s definitely a gift to get that close!

    Also…I remember watching pollinating bees on bean plants and wondering if the nectar tasted like beans. It did. So, if chive flowers are edible (are they) I wonder if the nectar tastes like chives. Hmm…

  2. Here in western Virginia, it’s the common milkweed that draws dozens of butterflies, bees, wasps, and an assortment of other pollinators. It’s nothing to see eight or more insects on one bloom.

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