June 24: fritillary
Sep 25: Monarch emerges!
July 29: Giant Swallowtail
July 26: Female Tiger Swallowtail
July 19: Eastern Black Swallowtail
July 15: Sunflower and Swallowtail
June 25: Red-spotted Purple Swallowtail
First monarch, July 13
I was sitting by the window yesterday, drinking my afternoon coffee and working, when I saw a non-yellow, non-white flutter of wings down by the milkweed in the garden. We’ve had scores of white and pale yellow butterflies so far this year, but any others have been rare.
I kept watching until I saw it again, then there it was: the first monarch of the seasons. I’m in the garden now, drinking my morning smoothie, and then I’m going to inspect the undersides of milkweed leaves for monarch eggs. Maybe we’ll have caterpillars soon. 🐛