This and That

Coming back from a walk we found a Banded Hairstreak butterfly (Satyrium calanus) on the “other” sort of milkweed (Asclepia tuberosum).

They only open their wings to fly away but the upper surface isn’t much more colourful than this.

** Not bad photo for one taken with an iPhone, albeit it helped that the butterfly let me get really close.

That makes 16 species of Lepidoptera recorded in the garden in the past year – there have been more over time but I have not been so assiduous in noting them down (unlike birds). Time to dig deep in the records perhaps.