Just bugs

I did see the doe and fawn again today, but they were in the brush, and neither were in the mood for hanging out, so no pictures. Instead, all I’ve got for you is bugs.

The first bug is this red admiral (Vanessa atalanta), which we first saw back in June, on a eastern purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) on the slope between the falls and the beer garden. The flower was kind of low and in the weeds, so my angles were limited, and this little stinker took its sweet time working its way around to this side for its photo op.

Next is a little pink-edged sulphur (Colias interior), which we also first saw back in June, on a purple coneflower by the boat launch at the north end of the park.

Next is another female eastern black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes), like the one we just saw yesterday, on a purple coneflower by the boat launch.

Finally, a male eastern black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes), which we first saw on the same day in June as the red admiral above, on a purple coneflower in the little garden by Capital Drive at the very south end of the park.

Man, when there are two butterflies of the same species, either male and male, or male and female, good luck having anyone sit still long enough for a picture. Instead, all I got was endless hyjinx like this.

And there you have it. Nothing but butterflies on purple coneflowers today. Maybe tomorrow I’ll find something brown or grey for you.

Published by Andrew Dressel

Theoretical and Applied Bicycle Mechanic, and now, apparently, Amateur Naturalist. In any case, my day job is teaching mechanics at UWM.

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