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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.

Gulf Fritillary on Gregg Mistflower

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Gulf Fritillary on Gregg Mistflower

Gulf Fritillary on Gregg Mistflower


Taken under low light conditions (I gotta figure out how to use the flash, I guess) here’s another one of the butterflies that have been hanging around the Gregg Mistflowers. (The other species is the Monarch.) The Agraulis vanillae Gulf Fritillary spends much of its life on the Passiflora spp. vine, especially as a caterpillar. As a result, the passionflower vines have been having a bit of trouble getting established this year.

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.

After the rains

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conocllinium greggii - Gregg Mistflower

conocllinium greggii - Gregg Mistflower

This Gregg’s Mistflower looks a bit beaten down after all the rain the last few days.

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