Sunday, July 6, 2014

Black Swallowtail on Sputnik

Bernheim's typical butterfly bushes didn't make it through the winter. But I did manage to capture this Black Swallowtail feasting on, what I just found out from Google, is called Sputnik. I have to admit the name certainly fits the look of this strange looking flower. This Black Swallowtail was feasting on the bush laden with flowers just on the edge of Lake Nevin.
Have I mentioned that the past two days it has been in the 70's and low 80's with low humidity and beautiful blue skies. On the 4th of July in the hot and humid Ohio River Valley, this is basically unheard of. So needless to say, I have been thrilled. And while the humidity and heat creep back in today, I was happy to have a break from it especially on a long weekend. I hope your weekend has been a good one. Those of you in the northeastern United States and northeastern Canada surely have had enough rain to last you a while after Hurricane Arthur moved through. Have a wonderful day all. ENJOY!

5 comments :

  1. Carol, that is an absolutely stunning image and I don't think I have come across the plant, Cephalanthus occidentalis before but obviously very good for attracting butterflies.



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  2. This is beautiful Carol. The butterfly is so pretty and the Sputnik is very unique and interesting looking. I've never seen either here before. We survived Arthur. It was terrible. Posting soon. Stay cool. Pam

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  3. brilliant macro; so pretty to see...

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  4. Everything so crisp in your image, Carol. (And I love Sputnik.) Glad you had a respite from the heat. Still cool here in the mts but finally above freezing at night.

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  5. Nice bug! I cannot say that I've seen this plant on Earth or in the heavens.

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