More Lantanas and That Zabulon Skipper In Color

These are the color versions of the Zabulon Skipper butterflies that I wrote a post on a few days ago.

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I'll also be showing a few more of the Lantana flowers that they were enjoying. I received the Lantanas as a Mother's Day gift from my daughter and they've added some beautiful sprinkles of color to my front garden. These Lantanas are named Bandana Orange and Bandana Pink.

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I noticed a couple of male Zabulon Skipper butterflies drinking some nectar from the flowers while I was trying to photograph another butterfly that was out there. I know that these two Zabulon Skippers were male as the female of this species is a darker color. The second photo below shows a male on a Hosta leaf which is planted right next to the Lantanas.
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The Lantana flowers have spread out and produced a lot of blossoms since I received them and planted them in the ground. It is mid September and they are still blooming and providing nectar to butterflies and bees. I have seen just a few ants on them as well but I don't know if the ants are partaking or just find it another plant to crawl and explore on.

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I've picked some seeds off of the Lantanas in hopes of growing more next year. I think these may come back but I wouldn't mind planting some other clusters in the gardens.

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I love that the butterflies and bees love them too!

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I took this next photo after it had rained and there were raindrops still on the Lantana flowers!

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Here are my last three photos featuring more Lantanas and the last Zabulon Skipper butterfly photo .. in color! 🙂

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Thank you Denise aka @dswigle for #alwaysaflower!!
All photos and text by me @deerjay. All rights reserved.

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