Content note: This post contains images of an insect, specifically a butterfly.
It’s amazing the diversity that shows up in the yard, much of it coming to take advantage of our bumper crop of dandelions, though we do offer a few other treats for the weary insect traveler. Once I can identify the various blooming plants around here, I’ll be looking into whether they’re native plants, harmless imports, or noxious/invasive species. Anything in that last category will have to go (and a job of work it will be, over a whole acre), but I’ll be looking to replace it with something native that fills the same niche.
Yesterday’s flashiest visitor was this swallowtail butterfly. I think it’s a Pale Tiger Swallowtail, due to the almost-white yellow patches, and the extra orange on the hindwings. If there were less orange, I could see it being the much more common Western Tiger Swallowtail, but the spot pattern suggests that it is the less common variety. Which is kind of exciting, really, to get an uncommon species right here in the yard.
Some of the tasty flowers in the yard. I have no idea which qualify as wildflowers, and which qualify as weeds.