[Note to self: Last Butterfly Journal entry title was dated 6/18 – 6/24 but actually included 6/25. Repeating 6/25/2021 entries.]
With very dry conditions it has been another slow week for butterfly sightings in my garden. (For purpose of synching my record keeping the first four listed are actually repeats from last week.)
06/25/2001 Cabbage White – Pieris rapae
06/25/2001 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
06/25/2001 Eastern Tailed-Blue – Cupido comyntas
06/25/2001 Horace’s Duskywing – E. horatius
06/28/2001 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
06/28/2001 Cabbage White – Pieris rapae
06/28/2001 Horace’s Duskywing – E. horatius.
06/29/2001 American Lady – Vanessa virginiensis
06/29/2001 Common Buckeye – Junonia coenia
06/29/2001 Fiery Skipper – Hylephila phyleus
07/01/2001 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
I was happy to see a couple of E. Tiger Swallowtails this week. One male was particularly focused on eating which allowed me a few close-ups.
A few of you have commented you also are not seeing many butterflies this summer. Let’s hope that changes. Today at last a nice rain is falling that is expected to last throughout the day. Perhaps the water will encourage more flowers. Common lantana and Rudbeckia are just coming into bloom and usually attract many kinds of pollinators.
I couldn’t quite get close enough to this buckeye, tucked into shadows of a large stand of button chrysanthemums.
In previous years there have been many skippers. This Fiery Skipper is among the few so far this summer.
Wishing for a balance in your weather this week. Hope gardens and pollinators are bringing much joy.
A good week and wonderful photos to prove it! We’re finally getting a good soaking, yesterday and today, with more coming over the weekend. I think the swallowtails are waiting it out in the trees. A feisty silver-spotted skipper entertained us this week by trying to chase birds away from its claimed territory in a mixed, mini-meadow we have near our bird feeders. So comical!
Glad you and the swallowtails are getting rain Eliza. The silver-spotted skipper vs. the birds sounds like a fun match-up.
As always, I love your butterfly pics, Susie. I’ve seen somewhat more butterflies of late but nothing like the range of varieties that flit through your garden. Of course, I never have a camera on hand when I need it.
Thanks Kris. Isn’t it true if you leave your camera indoors you’ll always see something you want to photograph. That’s when I just have to remind myself to enjoy what’s happening in the moment.
Gorgeous Phlox/Swallowtail image. Still trying to catch a Ceranus Blue, got smears…
Thanks Amy, the butterfly was so fresh and the phlox look better than they have in years–a happy combo.
What a great week you’ve had. I’m not seeing any, and even more disturbing is I’m not seeing bees of any kind when I work outside. As a person who understands the circle of food production, it is quite alarming.
Judy, while I don’t monitor the bees that closely it seems I’m not seeing as many bees either.
You are going to have a really nice journal.
Thanks, yes it is filling out in a nice way.
You have had another great butterfly week Susie. Not so many here the last week as the weather was so unsettled.
Butterflies really seem sensitive to windy or cloudy days. Hope you’ll see more as the summer progresses.
Thanks for posting. Always know I am in for a treat when I see your emails. Love the bees with the buterfly.
Thanks Jane! Hope you’re having a good summer.
The Tiger Swallowtail is a beauty – great shots! We have seen only one all year.
Thanks! Hope the butterfly sightings pick up as the summer progresses.