The most common, yet pleasing Orange Sulphurs were nectaring nearly exclusively on asters. Two common species, yet... how enchanting.
This was the thrill of the day: Common Checkered Skipper (not so common in my book) on Saw- tooth Sunflower, Helianthus grosseserratus
A Monarch utilizing a Boneset or Tall Snakeroot, Eupatorium altissimum as a nectar plant.
The peachy tones of a Painted Lady's underwing are almost more pleasing than the brilliantly colored upperwings. This one favored the Flat-topped (or Grass-leaved) Goldenrod, Euthamia graminifolia .
And the grand finale'- the first Buckeye butterfly I have seen this year, on one of Ohio's most stunning goldenrods: Riddell's Goldenrod, Solidago ridellii. Note the leaves reflexing and arching away from the stem.
Prairie plants and butterflies- the best part of a fall day.
Very nice Cheryl- The common checkered skipper is a new one for me.ReplyDelete
Brilliant Butterfly pictures CherylReplyDelete
Great pictures, of three butterflies that are similar to those familiar to us over this side (albeit with different names: Clouded Yellow, Grizzled Skipper and Painted Lady) and a couple which aren't, although a few Monarchs seem to cross the Atlantic each year.ReplyDelete