There were lots of lantana blooming at Gage Gardens and lots of Button Bush at Post Park. All covered with butterflies. I had tried to grow a Button Bush from seeds last year and they didn't germinate so gonna buy a potted one if I can find one.
I don't have all the following butterflies ID'd yet but will add the IDs as I get them. I know one is a Queen and one is an Orange Skipperling. Hoping the one on the left in the first photo is an Erichson's White-Skipper. That species would be a lifer for me. Wish I could have gotten a better photo.
Here is another bad shot I got of the potential Erichson's White-Skipper. It's an uncommon species in S TX.
This next picture is of a big disappointment. My favorite place at Gage Gardens was the reed-filled pond that was here. It's gone. Boo-hoo!
Here's a photo of the pond taken one year ago, same week in August. It's the only one I have, but it wasn't taken at quite the same angle. About the only reference point is that wall on the right side.
And finally, here's the epitomy of beauty, a Two-tailed Swallowtail on Bird of Paradise. A photo can't do it justice.
UPDATE: The ID has been confirmed as an Erichson's, so that's another lifer for me. And the one in the second butterfly photo with the Queen is an Acacia Skipper.