Summer Moving Right Along
After a long, hot, dry month, it's rained significantly twice this past week, with predictions of more to come. I sure hope so, because that dry weather makes gardening so hard, and it makes me worry about the trees and plants in the woods drying up. I didn't post much during that time, because I spent most of my spare time watering! Most of my butterflies are chrysalides now, I've only got 5 caterpillars in the cages - one giant swallowtail, one red-spotted purple, and three tiger swallowtails in the last instar. I made this picture the other day when they were all on the same branch. This is very unusual, because they don't like each other's company. I added another left overs container with cherry branches to the cage to keep them happy and far apart -
I'm glad it's been raining lately, but it sure has made my garden sauna-like! So I couldn't stay out there too long, but I got two pictures. My favorite skipper is the long-tailed skipper -
I find it very hard to photograph sulphurs, but I like this picture I got of a male cloudless sulphur nectaring on Salvia guaranitica. Male cloudless sulphurs are so pretty, being pure greenish yellow -
The Aralia spinosa/devil's walking sticks are in bloom now and are covered with bees. On my way out to Walmart I saw a yellow female tiger swallowtail nectaring on the flowers right in the middle of the bees. 'Wish I'd had my camera!