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Helenium With Persistant Red Admiral

September 5th, 2011 · No Comments · Garden Plants

Helenium with Red AdmiralRed Admiral butterfly on heleniumSedum spectabileLast year I planted a helenium in one of my herbaceous beds and this is the second year that it has bloomed profusely. The other day I noticed a Red Admiral butterfly on the plant. I was able to go back into the house to collect my camera and then return to find the butterfly still there so I could take some pictures.

Red admirals are comparatively rare visitors to my garden, but this one was clearly fascinated by the helenium. It flitted from bloom to bloom and seemed quite oblivious to my presence in its search for nectar. What was interesting was  its concentration on this one plant. Nearby is a sedum which is supposed to be one of the plants that you grow to attract butterflies, but this was totally ignored by the red admiral.

You can tell that it is late in the season as the red admiral’s wings are slightly worn. After allowing me to take several pictures I must have moved too close and it flew away.

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