Lately the Front Garden has had so many little creatures flying about that it’s almost impossible to make it to or from the front door without getting hopelessly distracted. Let’s have a review of some of the creatures who been doing the distracting.
Monarch Butterflies have been a pretty constant presence over the past few weeks. Not in big numbers, but there always seem to be 2 or 3 flying about. This one is nectaring on a Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) adjacent to some ‘Casa Blanca’ Lilies.
The Monarchs seem much more comfortable with people this year. I can stand just a foot away filming them with my phone and they don’t seem to mind my presence at all.
American Ladies have a more intermittent presence, but they are a fairly common sight. Incidentally, the ‘Zowie! Yellow Flame’ Zinnias are serious butterfly magnets this year, giving the Mexican Sunflowers a run for their money.
It was hard to get a picture with the upper wings, but this gives you a peek.
Red Admiral on Zinnia.
As with the Monarchs, there always seem to be a pair of Black Swallowtails about, but this year they seem particularly hyperactive. This was the best picture I could get.
Silver-Spotted Skipper on Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa). Skippers are small, somber butterflies. This is about as flamboyant as they get.
This is some kind of Hummingbird Moth. Sorry the picture is so fuzzy. We were being visited by a driveway contractor when I spotted this guy. I made the contractor come over and pretend to be interested in the Hummingbird Moth before he could make his pitch.
I haven’t put much effort into keeping track of the different bees in the garden this year. One thing I can say, though, is that the bumblebees have been practically swarming the Monardas, both Wild Bergamot and Bee Balm (Monarda didyma).
This bumble seems to be licking his plate clean.
Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are whizzing around the Front Bed more days than not. They are especially interested in the Monardas, Zinnias, and Mexican Sunflower.
She’s just too busy to notice me.
Well, that’s it for now. Have you been seeing lots of pollinators in the garden this year?