Ageratum, frequently called Blue Mistflower or Purple Mistflower, is a
favorite. The tiny wispy purple flowers are particularly
attractive to Soldier
butterflies, but I've also found
Ageratum nectar. If you want butterflies, this plant
is a choice banquet
item to to offer them.
The tiny Cassius Blue Butterfly
is huge compared
to the red and yellow Pyrausta tyralis moth
beside my fingertip in the
next picture. That moth
was lucky, there are
lurking on the
left of the mistflowers it's visiting. These whimsical
, but danger frequently lurks beneath them.
This Firey Skipper Butterfly
the Purple Mistflower leaf wasn't as fortunate as the moth; it got
I found him beneath mistflowers that had ambush bugs
the flower spider
me a little reluctant to state with certainty which
is responsible for the demise of the
...and this is another Firey Skipper
in the clutches of an ambush bug
Let's move on to happier butterflies, shall we?
The Soldier Butterfly
splotches beneath its wings that the
While I was watching the butterflies, this
A yellow dot on a Mistflower leaf caught my eye.
Closer inspection revealed a
Tropical Orb Weaver
If you're going to keep a weed in your lawn, this purple plant might be the one.
It's a beautiful little flower, and a great
butterfly attracting plant
. Flower spiders and
s lurk on any
, so don't let those deter
you. They also eat bugs
that you might not
want as much as butterflies
Oops, this Pyrausta tyralis moth
wasn't as lucky as the previous one on this page.