Monday, July 20, 2015

Lots going on in my 'flutter and buzz' garden

Lots of activity today in my 'flutter and buzz' garden.  Despite the wind, many bees and a several butterflies were gathering nectar and pollen from the basil, salvia and milkweed plants.  Below are a few photos and one video I shot of the action.

Gray hairstreak on basil

Spicebush swallowtail (I think) on scarlet milkweed

Bee on basil

Bee en route to tropcial salvia

The swallowtail butterfly couldn't seem to get enough of the milkweed nectar.  I took this short video (1:56) as it flew from one flowerhead to another.

Unlike the hairstreak that paused for a while on a flower, the swallowtail never stopped flapping its wings.  I don't know if that was because it was such a windy day or just the way that specific butterfly acts.  I still get confused with swallowtails.  I think the one I watched today was a spicebush swallowtail but it may have been another type entirely. I'd love to hear what you think.

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