A couple of seasonal images from the today’s beaitng of the garden bounds.
The lepidopteran is, we think, one of the Noctuid moths but that’s as far as we can get and even then it’s dubious. We found him on the wall of the house, not tangled in a spider web but sitting behind it and unable to fly free. I took the picture below which, of course, focused on the web rather than the insect and then instead of taking more decided to tease away the web at which point it flew off without a thank you. Handsome insect whatever he is.
The plant is our Joe Pye Weed which we like a lot … it also seems to like our garden and so, as it is reputedly a butterfly magnet, especially attractive to Swallowtails, I think we shall have to get some more. Who was Joe Pye? Seemingly he was a native merican herbal doctor in the days of the early Massachusetts colony settlement who used a tincture made from this plant to treat Typhoid fever … there is no reference as to whenether or not he was successful. one suspects not.