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Gregg’s mistflower (Conoclinium greggii)

It has been a while since I posted anything on this blog, and so now we can compute just how long “a while” is.

Of course, this picture was taken several months earlier when I was fooling around with a different camera and lens, and trying to transfer learning between one of two systems (in alphabetical order: Canon and Nikon) without recourse to written instruction. This picture appeared on at least one Native Plant Society of Texas blog, and reappears in these pages because it is quicker and easier than processing some other photo.

Sad to say, the result shown here was probably more a matter of luck than transfer of skill. But it is skill in choosing native plants appropriate to the region that results in the Queen (Danaus gilippus) and Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterflies that have been seen recently. I did manage to get a shot of the Monarch, but haven’t gone after the Queens yet – it has been windy, and they rarely stay still for long. Why a Monarch is in my neck of the woods in mid-July seems to be one of those outliers to the norm mysteries for which the answer may never be known for sure.

Danaus plexippus – Monarch on Gregg Mistflower

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Danaus plexippus - Monarch on Gregg Mistflower

Danaus plexippus - Monarch on Gregg Mistflower

Final picture of the three different species that have been frequenting the Gregg Mistflower Conoclinium greggi in the front yard. I’ve recently planted some of this spreading perennial in the back yard as well.

Queen on Gregg Mistflower

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Queen on Gregg Mistflower

Queen on Gregg Mistflower

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Danaus gilippus, Queen Butterfly is shown here on its favorite flower, Conoclinium greggii or Gregg Mistflower. The Queen gets a toxin from the flower that makes it unpalatable to birds and other predators.  The Monarch Butterfly also feeds upon this Mistflower and derives a similar benefit.

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