Friday, August 29, 2014
I took these pictures on Tuesday with Monarch butterflies all around me, seeming to have added to their numbers this summer after reports of serious population decline last spring.
This is a male, as told by the black "spots" on the hind wings.
Although there were plenty of flowers to go around, the butterflies often nectared together on a single plant, with 3 or 4 close together, as can be seen in the picture below.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Eastern Tiger Swallowtails are nearly the largest and there have been lots of them this year.
They are slow fliers when they are getting nectar from flowers, and a pleasure to see. Their caterpillars feed on cherry leaves, so a Cherry tree will attract even more of them.
These butterflies are very fast flying and some years will be seen in great numbers and other years very few seen.
Below is the Red Admiral Butterfly, another one that is sometimes seen in great numbers. This one is nectaring on Purple Cone Flower, and flies very fast from one flower to another, spending all day on the flowers.