I spent the summer chasing butterflies, in the garden and roadside wild spots.
There was an eruption of American Painted Ladies, I have never seen so many.
|On roadside Spotted Knapweed, Centaurea maculosa, (non-native).|
|On Leadwort Plumbago in the garden.|
|Peek -a- Boo |
|Another view (American Painted Lady),|
on garden Cone Flower.
|The ubiquitous Cabbage Butterfly.|
Not any the less beautiful, for being common.
(On Monarda in the garden)
The gorgeous Swallowtails
|Black Swallowtail |
on roadside Japanese Honeysuckle,
Lonicera japonica, (non-native).
|Diving in to garden Zinnia.|
|Tiger Swallowtail on garden Dahlia..|
|and Joe Pye Weed..|
|Up and away.|
Some Skippers..which often elude my ID patience..
|Delaware Skipper on Invasive Japanese Stilt Grass,|
(unfortunately in my garden).
|Silver Spotted Skipper |
on roadside Perennial Pea, Lathyrus latifolius, (garden escapee).
Hairstreaks..those tiny blue darters of wonderful variety.
|Gray Hairstreak on roadside Common Smartweed,|
Polygonum hydropiper (native).
|Dusky Blue Hairstreak on Garden Golden Rod.|
And another tiny beauty
|Little Copper on roadside Pokeweed,|
Phytoloca americana (native).
|On roadside Early Goldenrod solidago juncea (native)|
|On Red Clover Trifolium pratense, |
European, naturalized, in the garden.
|On Leadwort Plumbago|
|How many butterflies can dance on the head of a flower?|
Northern Pearly Crescent on Small White Aster,
Symphotrichium racemosa (native, in the garden).
Last, but never least, everyone's favorite..
Having now migrated and left us to the Autumn..
|Mid-Summer on Butterfly Weed , Asclepias tuberosa, native, in the garden.|
|Ablaze on roadside Bull Thistle.|
Cirisum vulgare (non-native)