Saturday, August 13, 2016

My Yard- 19 Butterfly Species in the Garden

Great day in the garden.  It's been so hot and humid for the past week and it's caused the garden to explode along with the butterflies.  Had a mating pair of Monarch's finally, plus found 5 more small Monarch's caterpillars.  I also found 2 Black Swallowtail Chrysalis and we have many of their caterpillars on curly parsley.  I saw 19 species of butterflies in the yard today with 2 new species - Least Skipper and Tawny Emperor.  The Tawny Emperor (left) was nectaring on rotten fruit on my front porch.  We also had the first of year Red-spotted Purple Butterfly (below) also on the Red-spotted Purple Butterfly.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

North Cape May ~ My Gardens today

Back berm looking down from my studio

Back berm looking southeast

Back berm ~ close up 

Front side garden
Front center garden
Front center garden from side

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

First of Year Butterflies

Red-banded Hairstreaks
Today, I saw my first of year Red-banded Hairsteak for my yard.  Then walking at Higbee Beach I saw my first of year Common Sootywing.

Common Sootywing

Monday, August 8, 2016

Goshen ~ CMBO's Center for Research & Education ~ An afternoon out with Jack

Aaron's Skipper

Aaron's Skipper

Swarthy Skipper
Pearl Crescents

Cape May County ~ Lizard Trail ~ An afternoon out with Jack

Southern Cloudywing 

Viceroy Butterfly

Little Yellow

Little Yellow laying eggs on Partridge Pea
Atlantic Bluet Damselfly

Solitary Sandpiper

Cape May Point ~ Dolphins & Dragonflies

Bottleneck Dolphins

Bottleneck Dolphins

Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly

Female Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly
Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Goshen CMBO ~ Butterflies with a Lifer

Red-banded Hairstreak Butterfly
Hayhurst's Scallopwing Butterfly - Lifer

Horace's Duskywing Butterflies ~ Mating

Juniper Hairstreak Butterfly photobombed by a bee.

Monarch Butterfly Male