A hot dry summer and a cool rain brought out the Red Spider Lilies ( Lycoris radiata ) seemingly overnight. Oddly, they were a deep hot pink a couple of years ago, but are a clear red this year. It must have something to do with the soil, since I added a couple of rounds of organic fertilizer and some greensand in the last year.
I like the color, and so, apparently, do the butterflies. I looked out this morning and thought that half my lilies had mysteriously turned from red to gold. I couldn't get the Sulfurs to stay in one place long enough to get a real group shot, but there were 6-8 fluttering around the flowers at any one time.
(Panasonic DMZ-FZ28, 12 September 2010)