I'm glad you posted this info about the butterfly. I think the comment should include "that the Karner blue depends on!" There are many many native lupine species (more than 100 in California alone) and they do show up in white and yellow as well as blue.
That said, the Karner blue and its dependancy on one particular lupine (Lupinus perennis) was quite surprising. And while I'm no expert, the only other example that I can think of where a butterfly species is that selective is the Monarch and the milkweed. All butterfly species have a specific host plant family because the caterpillars depend on some chemical found in their host plant. Butterflies can detect the chemical makeup of their host by the touch of their feet.
The info in the Wikipedia article (http://tinyurl.com/mkufkzh) is really interesting, and sadly, more and more common to read about habitat loss due to mostly human causes.
There have been many comments here about milkweed and Monarchs, but it would be good to mention that there are all sorts of butterflies and so all sorts of host plants. And of course butterflies will nectar at any flower they can access! They don't hover, so a platform is needed, and Aster family flowers are a great choice to include around your gardens. Any Lantana (Verbenaceae) is a great plant.
While larger butterflies are always easy to notice, you might be surprised at the many small blue butterflies if you start really looking for them. Many are "plain" blue, but some are more colorful with rows of orange spots on lower wings (those are in the Plebejus group). Males are actually brown!
So even as lupine blooms are fading, there's a summer of color getting ready to bloom and a surprising variety of butterflies looking for a drink. Keep a watch out.
Post by lilolpeapicker on May 25, 2015 7:04:41 GMT -5
Are those the chives that spread easily, LA.
Looking forward to that opening, brown. Will there be continuing flowers or will it stopped there? I would be interested in knowing that and how long the bloom lasts. Is this a different plant than the one you mentioned was wilting or did it come back?
Have a great gardening day! hoe, hoe, hoe Pea Upstate NY, zone 5