I was invited to The Round Lake School for the Painted Lady Butterfly release party. The students raised the butterflies from caterpillars. Some were sad to let them go. It always seems that one butterfly is reluctant to leave. The students had planted zinnias and hoped to see the butterflies visiting.
I have seen several Monarch butterflies in the children's and my garden and there are some eggs on the underside of milkweed leaves. An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail has been at the milkweed too. The milkweed flower is extremely fragrant. Look for bees before taking a sniff! Make sure to take a look at the firefly display as it gets dark They are amazing this year! Enjoy these great summer days. And tell July to take it slow.
|Painted Lady Butterfly Release|
|Looking at the empty Chrysalises|
|Reluctant to Leave|
|About to Fledge|
|Should I stay or should I go now?|
|Nest that was in the box|
|Lupine Field at Wilton Wildlife Preserve. Host Plant for Karner Blue Butterflies|
|Peas Please! (They must be planted out of reach of rabbits)|
|Blue Mud Dauber|
|Swallowtail at Milkweed|