An Unusual Year

By the end of July my photographic library usually has a myriad of colorful photos of the butterflies that grace the gardens.  This year they are few and far between. Perhaps it was the many March snowstorms or the early heat followed by a cold snap.  Maybe it is the lack of some larval foods as seven oaks fell during a wind storm. 

Felled oak trees

But last week a few began to appeared.  It led me on a quest to locate their caterpillars.  A of today I am raising six monarch and six black swallowtail caterpillars.  I hope to help increase the population!

Cabbage white on white cone flower 2
Cabbage white on white cone flower
Red admiral on pink cone flower
Red admiral on pink cone flower

 

Monarch on pink cone flower
Monarch on pink cone flower
Silver-spotted skipper on white cone flower
Silver-spotted skipper on white cone flower
Black swallowtail caterpillar on dill
Black swallowtail caterpillar on dill
Black swallowtail caterpillars on dill
Mature Black swallowtail caterpillars on dill
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