Who Loves Joe-Pye Weed?

I do, that’s who. And so do the butterflies.  Bent over examining some plant or other at ground level, I stood up to see something moving out of the corner of my eye.

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Isn’t that adorable?  Pretty sure it’s a zabulon skipper (Poanes zabulon).

 

I was putting the camera away when another movement caught my eye.

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That’s an eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus).
 

 

This time I kept the camera out and kept shooting.  There was little time to fine-tune the settings (I shoot manual most of the time), but autofocus was my friend that morning.
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I was even able to get a ventral view!
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Tomorrow, another butterfly visits joe-pye.

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