Nectaring on Butterflybush at a friend's house (thanks, Jewel!) Tiny: typical wingspan is <3 cm (~1"). Butterflybush is somewhat atypical for this species, but I guess it was too good to resist!
"Caterpillar hosts: Many plants in the pea family including yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis), alfalfa (Medicago sativa); various species of vetch (Vicia), clover (Trifolium), wild pea (Lathyrus), and bush clover (Lespedeza); and others.
Adult food: This butterfly has a low flight and a short proboscis, thus is found at flowers close to the ground which are open or short-tubed. These include white sweet clover, shepherd's needle, wild strawberry, winter cress, cinquefoils, asters, and others."
My first decent shot of a Black Swallowtail. I have such a huge backlog of photos to post; tonight I figured I'd at least post a token one, & I was in the mood for something big & flashy. View large here.
For the Life on the Purple Loosestrife study. ID help welcome!
An escaped ornamental species, growing roadside. I almost didn't add this one to the Field Guide pool -- figured there must be a dozen shots of these in there (big, showy, photogenic, supposedly fairly common roadsides -- although this is the first time I've seen it myself). Nope! Not a one!
Not to be confused with similar native Lilium species such as Lilium pardalinum that are sometimes called Tiger Lilies too. Nor with the similarly colored, erect day lily that I grew up calling Tiger Lily, Hemerocallis fulva.
Told by the large, spade-shaped basal leaves (there's one visible in the upper right).
Body length 5 mm, leg-span length 19 -- MUCH smaller than the female.
Large spider, found playing in the garden with Maria, the 10-year-old daughter of our hosts in PA. She likes bugs almost as much as I do. :-) -- & was able to show me where all the good ones hang out.
These seem to be common around here. They are just too gorgeous for words.