Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Back To Our Own Beach
Kudzu getting ready to make its final attempt to take over the beach. It will be defeated later by salt water and frost. Say what you want about Kudzu, but right now, its green, and smells good from it blossoms
Also blooming is the native Impatiens, Orange Jewelweed. Reputed to be a theraputic herb, it is definately a hyperaccumulator of certain heavy metals.
Phragmites. This is almost certainly the invasive form from Eurasia, and not the rare and rather sickly (by comparison) native form.
Yesterday I said I had all but one of the "blue and black" butterflies in the area? Today I can say I have the full set, with the sighting of this male Black Swallowtail. Note the double row of orange spots, and the crowding of the upper row. Like the Spicebush Swallowtail, and unlike the black morph female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, the black body has yellow spots.