Fine Outdoor Dining

Summertime and outdoor dining go together and Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) was an attractive menu option this afternoon in the front side garden.

American painted lady (Vanessa virginiensis) has been around a few times in previous years.

American painted lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

American painted lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

This is the first time I have noticed the other butterfly, which I believe is Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus).  Both were difficult to photograph as they flitted from one flower to the next and darted away when I got too near. The coneflower’s appeal soon drew them back, allowing me to get a bit closer.

Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)

Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)

 

26 thoughts on “Fine Outdoor Dining

  1. Beth @ PlantPostings

    I’d say you did a very good job with these! We had an irruption of painted ladies last year, but I haven’t seen any this year yet. Several other species have visited though. Any day with butterflies is a good day. 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Jess, the colors are striking , aren’t they? First time I’ve seen this butterfly too. But apparently they’re frequently sighted here.

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  2. Christina

    I’m seeing some different butterflies too this year. I need to get the other camera out to have a chance of capturing them, I had trouble getting the flightless wasp in focus!!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hope you will have a Swallowtail visitor. Someone pointed out to me this one depends on having a paw paw tree nearby. I don’t know of one but they are the only host plant for this type is Swallowtail.

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