Echinacea-A Big Draw

Echinacea draws a variety of insects.

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Its latest appreciator is this pretty Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus), a familiar and common butterfly in this area. The name misrepresents its spot color, which is white not silver.

For a moment a honeybee vied with the skipper for this flower, but it soon left amicably and settled on the coneflower in back.

The bee bounces in at 7 seconds into this video.

We could use some rain, a lot of rain actually. Hope your garden is making you happy.

12 thoughts on “Echinacea-A Big Draw

  1. Kris P

    I was admiring coneflowers at my local garden center just yesterday. I was seriously tempted and had to remind myself several times what short-lived plants they are here. If I’d have thought about their attractiveness to butterflies, though, I’d probably be wondering where to plant them right now.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The special fancy hybrids I’ve tried are very short-lived here, so I content myself with the “regulars.” This time of year I rarely visit the garden center because its too hot and dry to get anything established.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Would we even notice and appreciate a summer of perfectly interspersed rains? I’d like to think so. My catmint hasn’t done well this summer. Glad yours is doing a good job.

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  2. Eliza Waters

    We have lots of skippers in the yard and they often alight on the deck railing in the morning to sun themselves. They can fly super fast for a butterfly!
    Praying for rain!

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  3. tonytomeo

    The coneflower that we planted this year got cooked when the oddly mild weather became more seasonably warm. It did not get too warm, but it happened suddenly enough to offend the coneflower.

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      1. tonytomeo

        Yes, it had been bad, but just before planting, we had somehow missed it . . . and we still missed the serious heat. It was just the sudden change that was the problem.

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