Butterfly weather and California Buckwheat
If you stand very still in your garden, even if for five minutes, you can observe so much garden activity that you could otherwise miss.
The other day it was perfect butterfly weather, very warm and a little breezy.
I couldn't believe how many different kinds of butterflies were out and about in our little pollinator patch.
Above is an Acmon Blue sipping nectar from Red Buckwheat blossoms.
You can see its proboscis out, curved as the butterfly sips.
Here is a Mylitta Crescent nectaring on a flowerhead on the Seacliff Buckwheat.
I very rarely see this little one, so it was such a treat to observe.
A Gulf Fritillary sipping from a Seacliff buckwheat flowerhead.
You can see its proboscis curved as it sips nectar.
A Common Checkered Skipper also nectaring on the same Seacliff Buckwheat plant.
This butterfly along with the Acmon Blue are such little butterflies, that you can easily miss them if you don't look carefully.
Last, and most definitely not least, this lovely Buckeye also visited the same Seacliff buckwheat plant.
You can see why California buckwheat plants are some of my very favorite.
They are very low maintenance, drought tolerant, and feed many pollinators.