Cabbage Whites have been plentiful, and whilst I used to regard them with disdain, their ethereal color and random playfullness has endeared them to me..We might as well appreciate what remains..
|On Dittany (False Oregano) Origanum dictamnus, a native plant volunteer|
|Pieris rapae on Cone Flower (Echinacea purpaea), native cultivar|
Skippers (Hesperiidae) have also been well represented and challenging to identify..If you think I have goofed, please let me know..In order of appearence..
|Dreamy Duskywing, (Erynnis icelus) an early spring woodland skipper|
|Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan) in a dream world of Catchfly (Silene armeria), non-native|
|This may be a Peck's Skipper (Polites peckius)|
On Ox-Eye Daisy (leucanthemum vulgare), non-native
|Clear-Wing and Zabulon Skippers on Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) non-native.|
|Horace's Duskywing, (Erynnis horatius) another Open-Wing Skipper.|
|Silver Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on Bull Thistle|
(cirisium vulgarum) non-native
Black Swallowtails arrived early in my garden and availed themselves of the Bronze Fennel, (Foeniculum vulgare 'purpureum') a larval host, along with other members of the family Umbelliferae, such as parsely or carrots..... At one point there were 20 Black Swallowtail Cats on three fennel plants...Black Swallowtail Caterpillars molt and appear in different "instars". They disappear in their final instar. I used to think that the birds had eaten them..(and maybe some are eaten) but then I learned that they wander off a long way to pupate..and no, I have never seen a pupa..even tho'I have looked..I need a tiny web cam..or Sherlock Holmes..
|A Black Swallowtail egg.. I tried to catch every stage, |
but they were too sly for me.
|Third Instar, here now, missed the early rush..|
Fennel is setting seed.
|Fourth Instar on Parsley, with a final instar, in hiding|
..earlier in season.
|Final Instar, one of twenty, |
ready for disappearing act.
|What the fuss was all about..(Papilio polyxenes)|
|And a close relative, Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)|
on Zinnia elegans. Zinnas are native to Mexico.
|Pretty as a picture |
on Bee Balm (Monarda), native cultivar
|On top of the world!|
An American Painted Lady (two large, submarginal eyespots)
(Vanessa virginiensis), subgenus Cynthia..ha, ha..that's me!
|All that flies is not butter!|
|My favorite garden visitor so far this year!|
Hummingbird Clear Wing Moth
The Red-Spotted Purples is a forest butterfly, also found in wooded suburban areas..hence in my yard... They prefer to feed on tree sap, fermenting fruit or dung..and only occasionally feed from flower nectar. That explains why I have never seen one on a flower. Some folks put out fruit feeders for these pretties..maybe next year...
|See my red spots?|
|A tattered Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)|
on Lance Leaved Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) Native.
Finally, some tiny beauties
|Eastern Tailed Blue (Everes comyntas), after a rain.|
|Little Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) on Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus), native.|
I have seen only one Monarch..at the New York Botanical Garden native plant installation..that despite having several milkweed species in my garden..which usually sport monarch caterpillars...Other butterflies seen (and identified) but not recorded here..Common Wood Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) and Alfalfa Butterfly (Colias eurytheme)
|Now I'll just hang out and see what else flies by|
I have measured my life out in coffee spoons~ T.S. Elliot The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock ..but butterflies are a better measure!