In today's post, I'll show just the visitors who have come by so far this year--and that I've been able to photograph. I'm sure there are some I missed. And there's still lots of summer left, and lots of time for new species to arrive. I have yet to see a Great Spangled Fritillary, which is a very pretty butterfly, but I think I love it because of it's name. You can see a photo of one of these creatures in last year's butterfly post.
I'll start with the LBBs: little brown butterflies. At first glance, they look the same; but with a closer inspection, you start to see the subtle differences.
With the help of books and website, I can usually identify the various species that visit. But I'll be the first to admit I'm no expert; in the pictures below, you'll see question marks when I'm making an educated guess.
|Little Wood Satyr|
|Northern Broken Dash?|
|Male and female Sachem?|
|Silver Spotted Skipper: ventral view|
|Silver Spotted Skipper: dorsal view|
Then there are the swallowtails, named for their distinctive long tails.
Funny thing about eastern tiger swallowtails: not only do males and females look different, but the females also come in both yellow and black versions.
|Male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail|
|Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail|
|Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, dark form|
Other visitors to my garden include these beauties:
|Common checkered skipper?|
One of my favorites--and the butterfly that is so easily recognized--is the Monarch. Bright orange and black--and incredibly photogenic--these beauties love to pose for my camera.
One of the butterfly identification websites I use is Gardens with Wings. I completely understand the reason for the name. With so many colors, butterflies look like flowers that have taken wing. Like this: