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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Swallowtails, others come a'calling


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

New visitors to the backyard

I bought a butterfly nectar feeder this spring, hoping to expand the visitors to my backyard this summer. I hung it right next to the hummingbird feeder, which is still being used independently by a male and female hummer.

The bright yellow butterfly feeder is hard to miss. It sorts of glows where it is hanging. To assure success, I bought a pink butterfly bush to grow near it. Finally, the pink blossoms on the bush have emerged. We have been delighted to see that butterflies are now attracted to it for long visits at a time.

I caught sight of this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, a female, the other day, and soon after noticed a male of the same species stopping by. I also spotted a Great Spangled Fritillary (photo below) today.

None of them has used the nectar feeder, so I may eventually take it down and store it in the garage, next to the Baltimore Oriole feeder which has never gotten a nibble from those beautiful birds.

But I will keep putting the the feeders out and hope to be rewarded with stunning visitors like these.

Great Spangled Fritillary