It rained. Then it stopped. And it rained some more.
By the time I got out to the gardens, weeds were rampant.
And so were the butterflies!
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
A few weeks ago I thought that this was a Monarch Caterpillar. But now I think it was a Queen Butterfly Caterpillar since two Queens appeared and both the Monarchs and the Queens use the milkweed as their host plant.
Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar. I haven’t seen many of these but I have a plethora of the butterflies.
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
Zebra Longwing on Purple Coneflower
I want to believe that this is a Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly. It is so pretty with that dazzling blue. I rely on my Audubon book to identify my visitors but I don’t have the host plant so I’m doubtful.
And that’s why I plant so many butterfly plants!