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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.

From the top. I usually see the yellow version of Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus). This darker version looks almost like a Spicebush Swallowtail until I saw the underside of its wings (see below).

The underside clearly shows the common pattern of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus).

Clymene Moth (Haploa clymene) has such a beautiful pattern. I think it came in for the Borage since I grew a whole lot for the first time this year, for the honeybees actually.

Eight-spotted Forester (Alypia octomaculata) is a day-flying moth

Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) has beautiful pale blue on the inner side of the wings

Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) looks similar to the Hummingbird moth (below), but smaller and more black and yellow.

Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe) is common in our garden. This year they bring their cousin, the Snowberry Clearwing, along.

Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) is a tiny blue-grey butterfly with a bright orange pattern.