Several swallowtails were spotted in the garden over the summer. These Eastern Black Swallowtails enjoyed the native prairie verbena
and I enjoyed observing their graceful flight
This appears to be a Pipevine Swallowtail on the Mexican Cosmos
Observing this butterfly from the underside in my garden. I'm planning to add more pipevine to my garden to lure more of these in.
Queen butterflies always turn up in huge numbers when the Gregg's Mistflower is in bloom.
I chased a handful of Monarchs around the garden.
This open wing photo was my quest. Success!
It's so fascinating how different plants attract specific insects. One I don't remember seeing before is the Eight-spotted Forester moth. Two distinctive white spots on each of four wings made it fairly easy to identify. Its native range is the Eastern U.S., Texas and up north to Canada. These photos were taken in my neighbor's yard--the St. Augustine lawn is a big clue. The moth's larval food is grapevine foliage and my neighborhood does have native grapevines plus I planted a couple cultivated varieties last year so I hope to see many more of these cute polka dot moths in the future.
While taking down lights last week I caught sight of this adult Praying Mantis on the trellis out front and had a chance to try out my new camera lens. I posted previously on some small ones from last summer.
We can't have a Wildflower Wednesday without deer--our main source of wildlife entertainment.
This time of year the deer form herds based on gender--"Doe a deer, a female deer"
This doe herd is intent on browsing the circle garden which they have lately turned into their nightly "all you can eat buffet". We are in the process of fencing them out as their numbers in the neighborhood have increased to unmanageable levels.
Behind bars is the best place for deer as they continue to eat my garden. including "deer resistant" plants to the ground!
That's the wildlife roundup for January. Visit "My Gardener Says..." for more posts on wildlife in the garden.