Alypia octomaculata, butterfly, Calycopis cecrops, Celastrina ladon, Clymene moth, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eight-spotted Forester moth, Haploa clymene, Hemaris diffinis, Hermaris thysbe, Hummingbird moth, Moth, Papilio glacus, Red-banded Hairstreak, Snowberry Clearwing moth, Spring Azure butterfly, Swallowtail butterfly
First Seen This Summer
I spend time on my days off in the garden, doing the garden chores and stalking birds and insects. I find something new in the garden every year. It’s interesting to see how fast birds and insects learn to locate food sources. Once you start growing something they like they always come around. The same goes for bird feeders. I put bird food out less often in summer because I don’t want the birds to become dependent on me for their survival. I want them to work the garden and the surrounding watershed for their food. Our feeders, however, are never empty in winter when the resident birds need the support.
I usually document my new finds by photograph, then look them up. I’ve been lucky in identifying who has been visiting our garden so far. Hopefully, I will see more new visitors before winter arrives.