A Painted Lady resembled stained glass in the early afternoon sunlight while nectaring on Verbena bonariensis.
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.
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.