The butterflies of Maryland are varied and colorful. Coming out in full force late summer, these beauties can be seen throughout gardens and landscapes. Maryland is a stopping place for migrating Monarch butterflies, and the Native Butterfly House of Ladew Gardens gathers them in the meadow and brings them into the butterfly house for nurturing.
Offering host plants for all stages of butterfly life, one can watch butterflies nectaring on colorful flowers, or caterpillars chewing on leaves for sustenance. One Monarch had just released from its cocoon and was resting from the effort.
The collection of Monarch butterflies within the butterfly house are tagged and then released for their journey to Mexico. It is with hopes that one found in Maryland is collected in their wintering home.
Outside of the butterfly house, a variety of butterflies were busy on the Joe Pye Weed and the blooming Thistle.
More Maryland beauties were floating about including a Fritillary and a Buckeye, and many more.
While I see plenty of butterflies around Maryland, the meadows at Ladew Gardens and their butterfly house is outstanding for one in search of Maryland natives.
Exquisite photographs – simply beautiful!😃
Thank you so much Joanne. I love it at Ladew.
Appreciate your kind comment Jazzibee
There is something really enchanting about butterflies on flowers.
If they would only just stay there. 🙂 Love this time of year, so much going on out there. Thank you so much.
So beautiful..! great shots 🙂
You are truly too sweet Andy. Thank you!
Truly stunning, your whole series is just amazing…I do love butterfly’s.
Your generous comment truly humbles me Charlie. Thank you so much for your kindness.
lovely, i found this one in himalayas also
Truly ? I didn’t know there were Monarchs in that area. Thanks for sharing.
ya really, i’ll post when i see her next time
I love visiting butterfly houses! I feel like I’m in Wonderland 😄
Isn’t that the truth? They just flutter around you like magic. Hope all is going well with you and getting ready for a lovely autumn season.
The wings of the Monarch butterfly are absolutely stunning, they look like stained-glass windows.
Byt the way, Emily, I stopped using my old blog and I am blogging now under the name of sayselltravels.wordpress.com in case you’re interested. I’d love to see you there.
Yes !! You know I’ll be there..just now catching up. I was suffering again from my Lymes disease and I was just so tired. Little better tonight. 🙂 Thanks sweetie.
Really breathtaking images, Emily. ❤
You are so very kind my dear friend. Thank you so much.
You have transported me to paradise 😀
I’m with you Sarah. Butterflies are magical. Thank you so much.
My pleasure Emily 😀
Amazing photos of amazing creatures. The Monarch’s journey to Mexico is truly wondrous, also on my photo blog.
So very exciting for you to share. Looking forward to enjoying your monarchs as well.
Great photos – interesting to see some new butterflies!
Thank you so very much.
Wonderful photos…thank you for sharing!
Truly my pleeasure. Thank you!