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Butterfly bush-Buddleja davidii with Red Admiral butterfly

Butterfly bushes are still flowering in the park, even now, in September.
The Butterfly bush-Buddleja is not native to Europe, that's why we treasure them so much.

From the 100 species in the genus Buddleja the most popular is Buddleja davidii from central China.
Buddleja davidii, also called summer lilac or orange eye is naturalized in most central and southern Europe. It is much appreciated and used as an ornamental plant in butterfly gardens and parks.

The lilac to purple inflorescence is produced in panicles at the end of the arching branches and often are honey-scented.
Butterfly bush flower-Buddleja davidii closeup
The flowers are what they call the "perfect flower" meaning that male and female organs are found in different flowers on the same plant and they are often wind pollinated. Though they don't rely on winged pollinators, the flowers are an important nectar source for many species of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
Butterfly bush with flowers-Buddleja Bdavidii
Here is a pink butterfly bush flower with a Red Admiral butterfly gathering pollen.

Red Admiral butterflies have a fantastic, vivid coloration on the upper part of their wings. Unfortunately, from my position and taking care not to shake the bush, I could capture most of its underpart, which is dark, marveled.
Pink butterfly bush flower with Red Admiral
Here is a better view of the Red Admiral butterfly's coloration.
Red Admiral butterfly on aster flower
Though Wikipedia says that this species of butterfly bush is not able to survive by temperatures below about -15°C to -20°C, our bushes are adapted to much lower temperatures during our cold winter days.

17 comments:

Heather said...

It seemed like it was a very short season for our Butterfly Bushes this year - I didn't even get a photo of mine at all! Yours looks lovely though, take care!

Roan said...

I have several colors of butterfly bushes, but I think the purple and the yellow are my favorites. Beautiful shots!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely shots of your butterfly bush. It is wonderful to see all the buterflies that this bush can attract.

MyLittleMe said...

I just planted some butterfly bush now I can't wait until next year!

Jayne said...

I love the color of your butterfly bush. Lovely photos.

Cheryl said...

The first and last shots are exquisite in their detail. Nicely done.

Andrea said...

we don't have butterfly bush here in our country, but we still have lots of butterflies. We have alternatives which are also delicious for them.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice photos.

Regards and best wishes

Jidhu Jose said...

lovely shots

Jane said...

Awesome captures, and I love the colour of that Lilac -so vibrant. We used to have a Lilac tree when we lived down in East Sussex, it had white flowers on it.

chubskulit said...

Those are gorgeous!

Kathy said...

I've heard of these before but not sure I've ever seen one. They're beautiful!

SquirrelQueen said...

The butterfly is definitely enjoying the flower. For some reason my Butterfly bush did not do well this year, it had only a few very small blooms.

edenhills said...

These are great shots! I love the admirals.

Teresa

ladyfi said...

Oh, how gorgeous -both the bush and the butterfly.

Jayne said...

Beautiful! I have a Butterfly Bush, but the heat here causes it to get blackened ends very quickly. The vitex, however, has similar looking flowers and stands up to the heat much better.

Jama said...

Such a pretty little flower! I've never seen such flowers here, the one reason why I love taking part in Flowers meme is seeing all kind of flowers from around the world which some are never found in my tropical country.

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