It has been a very dry spring here, and I have been helping the lilacs blooms last a bit longer I hope by watering them.
The butterflies seems to like the moisture, sometimes resting on a wet leaf.
Last year I posted a blog on the beautiful Canadian Tiger Swallowtails which gather on our beach.
|Canadian Tiger Swallowtail|
In addition to these beauties. There seems to be every kind of butterfly on this one bush!
At the same time!
Canadian Tiger Swallowtails, and Monarch butterflies seem to dominate.
|American Painted Lady|
We had lots of Skippers, a Red Admiral, a couple of Mourning Cloaks, and an American Painted Lady among the bunch. There are however, some I am not sure of.
A larger dark butterfly was more shy, but came often over several days.
I am not sure if this is a dark variation of a swallowtail or could it be a Pipe-Vine Swallowtail? If so it is rare and not supposed to be in this area.
There was also a butterfly I mistook for a leaf. This might be a Question Mark? Truly, that's a name, one of the angelwing variety.
I didn't see it fly with wings open, it took off while I was called away, but the little question mark in cream on it's wing makes me think that I am correct here.
We also had visits by the hummingbirds and a Humming Bird moth!
He was on the lilacs, but we got a better shot of him on the chives, which were very popular too!
|More Blooms or Butterflies?|
I will miss the butterflies, but I will really miss the waft of perfume of those old lilacs through the lodge.
|Top of the Lilac and Swallowtails|
Wish you all could have been here, maybe next year? Maybe later this year?