It has been too hot for me to want to garden but occasionally I step outside with the camera to survey the visitors.
Early this morning I spotted a skipper flying erratically among Verbena bonariensis flowers along the front drive.
In the main garden in the back yard a large bush of common lantana draws many insects, as does the nearby Blue Sky salvia, both growing in the southern border. In the western border along the back fence a butterfly bush offers enticement.
Unlike last week when they merely passed through, several eastern tiger swallowtails spent the day.
In addition to the swallowtail, this morning in quick succession I enjoyed seeing some favorites return. There was a male monarch in good condition bouncing back and forth between the lantana and salvia.
While photographing the monarch a Common Buckeye appeared, first one this year for me.
Can you spot where it fled to escape my persistent camera?
I left the common buckeye alone once the first Hummingbird Clearwing of the season suddenly came into view. It has an easily recognizable profile.
The Hummingbird Clearwing didn’t stay still but it stayed around long enough for me to take portraits.
Within just a few minutes I was cheered to see such interesting creatures. Hope the garden is feeding your soul this August.