Eastern Neck NWR Butterfly Garden Visit

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The Bayview Trail at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge passes through their Butterfly Garden, a certified Bayscapes garden created using native plants to create a wildflower garden, a living fence, and a water garden.  (For those interested, a list of plants used is at the end of this post.)

Here are my best of those butterflies passing through a couple weeks ago that gave me nice photo ops.

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Pearl Crescent

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Pearl Crescent

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Eastern Tailed-Blue

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Common Checkered Skipper

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Common Checkered Skipper

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Monarch

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Monarch

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Monarch

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American Lady

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American Lady

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I also encountered a dragonfly flirting with me.

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Blue Dasher

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And, of course, a bird!  They were shooting up on flower heads for seeds and then dropping again out of sight.  I was able to get just one goldfinch.

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American Goldfinch

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Hundreds of butterflies can be seen in this garden during the peak of summer.  I’ll be eager to see and share them with you next year!

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Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge Bayscapes Garden – Plant List

Inkberry (Ilex glabra)
Coast Azalea (Rhododendron atlanticum)
Early Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium vacillans)
Butterflyweed (Asclepias tublerosa)
Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis)
New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae)
Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum)
Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea)
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)
Gayfeather (Liatris spicata)
Pink Coreopsis (Coreopsis rosea)
Blue Flag (Iris versicolor)
Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
N.Y. Ironweed (Vermonia noveboracensis)
Black-eye Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Beebalm (Monarda didyma)
Eastern Columbine (Aquilegia canadensia)
Mist Flower (Eupatorium colestinum)
Virgins Bower (Clematis virginiana)
Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)
Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolis)
Wrinkle-leaf Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa)
Sweet Fern (Comptonia peregrina)
Tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata)
Lizard’s Tail (Saururus cernuus)

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56 thoughts on “Eastern Neck NWR Butterfly Garden Visit

  1. Not too many people go through Eastern Neck, at least the two times I was there. But you went and got those inspiring shots show above. Thank you for sharing them.

    • Thank you kindly, Hien! Yes, it is less visited because it is so far out of the way….which I fully love! 😉 I hope to delight in the upcoming years the marvels of this refuge as I learn its nooks and crannies. I can’t wait for the Tundra Swans to show up late November!

    • Isn’t it fabulous! I read one butterfly count during a summer day yielded over 1,100 butterflies consisting of 28 species. I may have to start a butterfly count with photos… 😉

  2. What a wonderful variety! You have always planned your ‘resting spots’ so well – living i Cambridge you were close to Blackwater and now in Rock Hall Eastern Neck and the Chesapeake Farm are both so close to you. What smart choices – and wonderful excuses for never having to stay home and do ‘housework’!!

    • Thank you, Simon! I am eager to visit it next spring/summer when it becomes fully alive again. I just mentioned in another comment that one summer day count yielded over 1,100 butterflies of 28 species. 🙂

  3. Love love love butterflies Donna! They seem so happy in their flittering here and there!
    and great shots too btw! The Monarch has always been my favourite! I would inspect them on Milkweeds when I was a kid! Actually of my first introductions to Nature now that I think about it!

  4. What a wonderful spot! Great butterfly photos – reminding me how I miss seeing them already. I have never seen an Eastern Tailed Blue! Very special.

    • Thank you, Ted! The American Lady was an awesome surprise for me, at glance while shooting I thought it was a Painted Lady. I’m in desperate need to up my game on butterfly specie ID. lol

  5. Great photos Donna! The little goldfinch reminded me of the bunch of them I had in my garden last year – they very much enjoyed the seeds of the Cosmos flowers🙂

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