#80 enjoying the grass
According to GoBotany.com, blue vervain had an unusual use among the Iroquois. They used a cold infusion of mashed leaves as a medicine to "make obnoxious people go away". I love this wildflower even more knowing that!
The highlight of today's lunch hike was a male Black Swallowtail butterfly near the keyhole section of the trail. These butterflies don't pause in their wing-flapping very much, so it's a thrill to get a chance to photograph one that holds still for a moment. This variety is one of the bigger, showier species, the kind most people want to see, one of the "popular" ones!
But you just can't ignore the beautiful, less-popular and perhaps harder to glimpse small butterflies that also fly around at BHCL.
I read that the ETBs that are more charcoal colored rather than bright blue on their inner wings indicates that it is a female.
(another one of those boring names.....)
Green-Fringed Bog Orchid
I stopped under the shade of an oak tree because there were close to a dozen anglewing butterflies flying beneath its branches. Not one would land, but they were fun to watch for a while. Just before I walked away, I was suddenly aware of this orchid. I'm glad I didn't miss it!
Finally - a side view! The wings, from the side, look like stained-glass windows. I just love this tiny butterfly! What a beauty!
Common Wood Nymph
This butterfly doesn't often spread its wings when landed. Usually, it stands upright, wings folded tightly together. So I was happy to include this photo of an unusual position.
Another sign that summer is flying by....