Since my last report the morning of June 11 when I noted so much trouble getting a photo of a Common Buckeye, I have seen three more. Two were quite cooperative—one looked very colorful and fresh; the other looked worse for the wear.
I have seen a couple of Fiery Skippers on verbena bonariensis. Once common lantana and Rudbeckia laciniata (Green-Headed Coneflower) come into flower I expect many more. These images are the same individual.
There was a glimpse of a fast moving Pipevine Swallowtail, but unlike last week I could not get a good images this time. This one is heavily cropped.
Two updates: I had some ID help through a facebook group Carolina Leps with a couple of mystery insects in last week’s post. The Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho) was confirmed so that’s a first in the garden for me.
An insect I tentatively thought was Zarucco Duskywing (Erynnis zarucco) of June 8, 2021 is probably Horace’s Duskywing. I was told Zarucco couldn’t be ruled out but it is not commonly found in a garden setting.
I spotted two more Horace’s Duskywings this week.
In early June I glimpsed a few Eastern Tiger Swallowtails but they would just fly over the garden and not stop. Yesterday as I turned into my driveway I saw a beautiful male in the front yard nectaring on Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ (Coneflower).
Another brief happenstance moment allowed me to record another first in the garden this week. I stood back trying to photograph this newly opened gladiolus when a butterfly landed in the distance.
Knowing I was too far away I took a shot anyway. It was the only image I could get before the butterfly flew off again (see below). Turns out the original picture above with the glad captured the butterfly too (below left-most red daylily). Though I hadn’t seen this one in person before I recognized it from others’ posts on the Carolina Leps page as Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis).
You’re having some wonderful visitors this year. I was at a public garden tour yesterday for about an hour and a half. We saw one butterfly the entire time. Not so many up here at least right now.
Thanks Judy! Will be interesting to see how butterflies fare overall this year. Oh, to be a public garden tour sounds just divine! Glad for you to have that opportunity.
You are a master butterfly stalker, Susie!
Well, a wanna-be. It’s satisfying though when I can get up close to the little creatures.
Nice! You are seeing far more butterflies than I. We have seen black STs, plus some skippers and a Monarch a couple of times.
Thanks! I am happy to see so many butterflies. Very hit or miss though.
These are gorgeous visitors and your garden is obviously just what they want!
It is fun to encounter these butterflies in the garden.