|Often mistaken for a Monarch, this is the Viceroy. |
It is distinguishable by the arched black line that crosses the hind wing.
It's late summer and fallow fields and meadows are awash with the color of wildflowers. Likewise, roadsides and hedgerows are speckled with the brilliant hues of goldenrod, purple asters, and chicory to name a few.
While this landscape is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and enjoyed by many, perhaps nothing appreciates those colorful wild blooms more than butterflies. The weather has been nothing short of spectacular and it stands to reason that this is perhaps the greatest time of year for watching a wide variety of butterflies as they flit and flutter from flower to flower, drawing nectar from bloom after colorful bloom. With that in mind, we thought it a great time to share with you some of our favorite butterfly photos.
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butterflies, seen here alighting on some goldenrod.
|A Question Mark touches down by the side of the
road at |
A Mourning Cloak absorbs some mid-morning sunshine. Some believe
its named for its somber color, much like a funeral shawl worn by widows.
Flower gardens are equally attractive to butterflies this time of year. We especially enjoy gazing upon our butterfly bush while it's in bloom to see the variety of visitors it attracts.
|An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is busy at work pollinating the tiny|
individual blossoms of our butterfly bush.
|A White Admiral also enjoys visiting our yard.|
While butterflies might not be as fast or efficient as bees when it comes to pollinating, they certainly are a pleasing sight to behold. Plus, when was the last time anyone got stung by one?
Until Next Time,
Jim & Claudia