Monarchs continue to dominate the gardens with Sachem Skippers slightly more in numbers but not in presence. Again there were big numbers of Monarchs on the Tropical Milkweed stand including a tagged Monarch that I reported to the organization tracking them.. I found more Monarch caterpillars not counted yesterday.
There were 4 Eastern Black Swallowtails butterflies along with several Eastern Black Swallowtail caterpillars not seen yesterday. I saw Cabbage Whites, Orange Sulphur, American and Painted Ladies, Red Admiral and Mourning Cloak nectaring on rotten fruit. I saw Common Buckeye, Gray Hairstreak, Ocola Skipper and the first of the year Long-tailed Skipper. We did not have any Long-tailed Skippers in the yard last year.
I also saw two Ruby-throated hummingbirds feeding on the flowers several times during the day.