Sweet almond verbena, gram blue butterfly and skipper butterfly

Welcome to another edition of garden bloggers bloom day. This is a monthly event hosted by Carol at May Dream Gardens. Visit her website for some intriguing flowers blooming all around the gardens. Let me share with you pics of Sweet almond verbena, gram blue butterfly and skipper butterfly.
This is my second year growing sweet almond verbena, botanic name aloysia virgata. This year i pruned it hard in the last december and the results showed in form of more blooms. I deadheaded every bloom and it kept blooming and blooming.
Every butterfly of the area and every bee visited these blooms having strong almond fragrance.

The first one is plain tiger butterfly with common name african monarch and biological name danaus chrysippus. A very common butterfly from asia and africa found abundant in lahore pakistan.
plain tiger butterfly

This is Small branded Swift Skipper with biological name Pelopidas mathias. No other insect is so fond of sweet almond verbena but this skipper butterfly. There were more than 15 beauties luring over the blooms at one time.
skipper butterfly

Another bee but i am not sure which one it is. She is the one which stays still in air for a long time.
sweet almond verbena

This is gram blue butterfly with biological name (Euchrysops cnejus).She is mostly after pea related flowers but this time she could not resist the fragrance and nectar of these sweet blooms.
blue gram butterfly

Another common bee of our area. She loves murraya and any sweet smelling plant. She is the last one to leave the flowers of this sweet almond bush.
aloysia virgata

And last but not least, this sweet smelling flowers are no other than cestrum diurnum also known as Din ka raja. Unlike its cousin cestrum nocturnum it releases its scent in daytime.
din ka raja

And this post is also included in the Blooming Friday hosted by Katarina at Roses
and Stuff
. Do visit her blog for some enchanting blooms.

For Fertilizer Friday visit Tootsie Time





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29 Responses

  1. rosalie says:

    Nice pictures of white flowers! I love it!

  2. Bom says:

    I love the insect shots. You must shoot very fast.

  3. Bernie says:

    Great shots … the Tiger butterfly is gorgeous and so is the Gram Blue. Lovely clear close-ups. The Cestrum is simply beautiful as well.

  4. One says:

    Wonderful shots! Bonus points for insects on flowers!!!

  5. Kala says:

    Excellent images – the tiger butterfly photo is especially beautiful.

  6. Wendy says:

    lots of life going on in your garden! I bet that fragrance is heavenly.

  7. Beautiful shots of the butterflies and bees! And love the flowers they are enjoying!

  8. easygardener says:

    Lovely pictures. I am growing Cestrum nocturnum in a pot. I had not realised a day fragrant one existed. It sounds worth a try and the flowers look more distinctive.

  9. TYRA says:

    Picture with both flora and fauna, just perfect. Lovely post! / Tyra

  10. Gorgeous images. Love the insect models.

  11. Madame C says:

    So beautiful! So wild!
    Have a great weekend,

  12. Beautiful bees and butterflies. You are a brilliant photographer!
    Have a nice weekend!

  13. Carol says:

    Beautiful photos of your butterflies and bees! I love seeing a cousin of our beloved Monarchs. Lovely blooms too . . . I am sure their fragrance is delicious. You have a beautiful blog! ;>)

  14. noel says:


    what a very nice tour of your garden this morning, i enjoyed the macro insects, the details are amazing.

    thanks for sharing that with us

  15. Kate says:

    Love the pics of the little critters in your garden! That Tiger butterfly is very special. Nice to have found you via Carol’s site. Happy Bloom Day!

  16. Ingmarie We says:

    Really lovely photos of all the small critters in your garden. Have a lovely weekend.

  17. Mia says:

    Wonderful pictures of butterflies, just love them. They are so perfect in shape and matches flowers terrific 🙂

  18. The colourations on the tiger butterfly were so lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Rhonda says:

    Your blog is like going on an international garden tour. I wish I could smell all of the flowers! Beautiful photos of all the butterflies.

  20. I recently heard someone else talking about this plant and raving about it…I may have to look it up…thanks for the post!

  21. Layanee says:

    Zone 10? Lucky! We are now experiencing cooler temps and less flowers as a result. Love your bees, butterflies and flowers on this bloom day.

  22. Katarina says:

    Love your shots of the beautiful plants and the critters!

  23. Gela says:

    Lovely pictures. Have a nice week/Gela

  24. Lena/isis says:

    Very lovely pictures. Have a nice day /Lena/isis

  25. Amazing pictures…insects and flowers. Perfect match.

  26. Linda says:

    Your garden insects are as lovely as your garden blooms. Fascinating to discover another part of the gardening world.

  27. Shirley says:

    Great close ups! You have some interesting bees there, especially the one with the long body!

    Thank you for paying a visit to my blog, The Gardening Life. Have a great weekend.

  28. Entomologists eat your heart out!

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