Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, June 4, 2017

This weekend was the weekend to celebrate native plants!  On Sunday, I visited the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.  This garden is the largest largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants.  It also hosts a butterfly pavilion.  The grounds were full of wildlife activity, the buzzing of bees and the melody of birdsong as I explored the winding paths through desert, chaparral and pine forest.  At 10 am the butterfly pavilion opened up. (Butterflies sleep in until the sun gets warm… smart!)  There I was able to view close up and personal some of the many butterflies of California such as our state’s insect the California dogface.  Here are some of the images from my visit.
 

 California Dogface

California Dogface

 Variable Checkerspot

Variable Checkerspot

 Monarchs on Milkweed

Monarchs on Milkweed

 Gulf Fritillary on Cleveland Sage

Gulf Fritillary on Cleveland Sage

 Cabbage White and California Dogface on Seaside Daisy

Cabbage White and California Dogface on Seaside Daisy

 Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

 Gulf Fritillary nectaring on butterfly feeder

Gulf Fritillary nectaring on butterfly feeder

 Swallowtail

Swallowtail

 Penstemon

Penstemon

 Deerweed

Deerweed

 Woolly Blue Curls

Woolly Blue Curls

 Sticky Monkey Flower

Sticky Monkey Flower

 Milkweed

Milkweed

 Desert Marigold

Desert Marigold

Source: http://www.rsabg.org/