This Malachite Butterfly has its proboscis deep in the Snakeroot flower
probing for nectar.
I looked up this plant after I found
over it. My best guess is that it is Hammock Snakeroot, Ageratina
jucunda. It grows about 5 feet tall (and I've found some much taller
now) on the edges of wooded areas. In
the photo below, a Julia Butterfly
nectars on Hammock
I brought some seeds home, but they didn't make it. I'll try again when
our drought ends. I really want this nectar plant
in my yard!
All of these butterflies
were sipping nectar from the same
patch of Hammock Snakeroot Flowers at the same time. It is an excellent
fall/winter nectar source.
The Snakeroot flowers
are white with a hint of a purple-pink color
depending on which way the light hits them. They're small and wispy, but
pretty in a very natural sort of way, particularly when they're covered
in a cloud of butterflies