A beautiful Viceroy visited the yard. If you don't know how to tell a Viceroy from a Monarch, click here.
I did see a fresh female Monarch today at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton. I don't have a photo record, but I do want to keep track of it. It was the third monarch I've seen this year within Massachusetts, the fifth if you count the two I saw while in Southwest Harbor, Maine.
When I came back from lunch and took a walk up and down the driveway to check for butterflies, I noticed this little tree frog camping out on a black-eyed susan. You just never know what you'll find outside!
As I stepped into the garden in order to get its eyes in the photo (its back was to me), a garter snake slithered off into the woods. I wonder if that is why the frog was on the flower? I think it is a Common Gray Tree Frog.