On June 30th I spent some time at the milkweed patch observing the various critters who came to feed. It as warm with no breeze so there were lots of Hummingbird Clearwing Moths and several other butterflies and beasties. Lots of images here!
First the Clearwings: (Click on the image for a close-up view of these moths.)
A fly of some sort:
A Monarch butterfly:
A White Admiral:
An (Arctic?) Skipper … I think.
Some more Clearwings.
Gotta have a grasshopper in the show too.
Another Skipper, I think.
I was lucky to get the above as most of the patch has now been mowed. The mower operator told me that mowing is now prohibited on local Highways until August 15th to provide cover for turtles etc. Maybe it will be possible to educate folks about the importance of milkweed patches!