All aflut­ter at the Urquhart But­ter­fly Gar­den in Dun­das

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Although this sum­mer’s abun­dant rain­fall has caused the flow­er­ing plants in the Urquhart But­ter­fly Gar­den to grow taller and in greater abun­dance, Joanna Chap­man, the gar­den’s founder, doesn’t be­lieve they are at­tract­ing any greater num­bers of but­ter­flies. Sight­ings can be un­pre­dictable and re­quire pa­tience, but spot­ting up to 12 dif­fer­ent species a day is not un­usual. Visi­tors to the gar­den lo­cated on Cootes Drive at Cen­ten­nial Park in Dun­das are re­minded to bring their cam­eras and en­cour­aged to en­ter the an­nual Urquhart But­ter­fly Gar­den Photo Con­test that runs un­til Labour Day. For more in­for­ma­tion check the web­site: urquhart­but­ter­fly.com

PHO­TOS BY CATHIE COWARD, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Left: A Viceroy but­ter­fly on a but­ter­fly bush in the Urquhart But­ter­fly Gar­den. Be­low: A Red Spot­ted Pur­ple but­ter­fly

Above: A Ques­tion Mark but­ter­fly on a pur­ple cone flower Above right: A Red Ad­mi­ral but­ter­fly Right: Bee Bomb is back­lit as the sun sets on the Urquhart But­ter­fly Gar­den.

Above: A Com­mon Evening Brown but­ter­fly Be­low: A Red Spot­ted Pur­ple with its wings open

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