The Best Things in the Garden
My vegetable garden is pretty overgrown, and it’s too hot to cook anything anyway. The best garden investment I made was a 99 cent package of zinnia seeds. Every day lots of bees and butterflies gather on the zinnias.
The bees seem tired lately. I keep finding them just hanging on underneath a flower, or even curled up inside.
After I go out into the garden and take lots of pictures while avoiding weeding, I come back in and try to identify what’s out there.
I find that general butterfly books are too confusing – there are so many butterflies that look alike. I like to use local guides instead, so I don’t have to weed through pages and pages that don’t even apply. To come up with the identifications here, I used Butterflies of Houston and Southeast Texas by John and Gloria Tveten (University of Texas Press), and a couple of laminated sheets – Flash Guide 4 and 5, from the Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection. I have the Audubon butterfly ID app for Kindle, but I have had a lot of trouble with it – when I make choices in a few search fields (like region, family, and habitat), I get 37 results, and then if I add just one more search field (like color or size), I get zero results. I use their bird app all the time, but with the butterfly ID app, I have to know what I’m looking for before I go to it to check their photos.
I hope you’re also finding wonderful things this August!