Monday, July 28, 2014
Butterfly Round Up
Right - Orange Sulphur? (or Clouded Sulphur)Variegated Fritillary. A minor pest of ornamental violets and pansies, I'd rather have the butterflies.
Silver Spotted Skippers are swarming all over our Butterfly Bush. Obnoxious little guys, they chase each other, and other butterflies.
Horace's Duskywing. One of the "odd" skippers, a little plain until you get up good and close.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. These were really common last year, and only kind of common this year. You can tell it's a female from the broad blue areas on the hind wing. We also see the black form of the female too.
The American Painted Lady (note the little white dot totally surrounded by orange). Last year the "regular" Painted Lady were much more common, this year, I've yet to see one for sure.
I was just giving up and coming in when this Summer Azure caught my eye near the front door. Not the best background.