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A Second Celebration

October 4 was the most perfect fall day. I stayed outside in the gardens enjoying the day until shade covered the flowers. It was a sunny day, with the usual wind. The day sang with colors and activity. A strong cold front came through the next day and changed everything for the rest of the fall.

With winter seemingly to drag on and on, I wanted to celebrate this day again.

Most of the activity centered around these plants in my moon garden. (The red salvias were volunteers.)

The larger cloudless sulphurs finally emigrated up to southern Illinois.

This long tailed skipper was a rare butterfly that also came up from the south.

Painted ladies were the most numerous of all the butterflies. They have 4 spots along outer edge of their hindwing.

This shows the top of a painted lady. There’s also an American painted lady. It has 2 large spots underneath on the hindwing, and a small white spot outer-center part on top of forewing.

This snowberry clearwing is a moth, not a bumblebee, and hovered as it fed.

There was no shortage of bumblebees.

This dainty sulphur preferred the asters. It didn’t stay long at any one flower.

This silver-spotted skipper was a tad faded.

The female spicebush swallowtail obviously wasn’t a fresh one either.

The gray hairstreak prefered the white salvia.

Two or 3 species of fold-winged skippers flitted around from flower to flower too.

All the eye spots made the common buckeye easy to identify.

Asters were common. Pearl crescent butterflies lay their eggs on them. There was a lot of courting going on.

This beautiful flower is an African foxglove. The winds caused the tall spindly plant to lean to one side.

Obviously, this picture didn’t turn out the best. It does show how the bumblebee probed into the top of the flower to reach the nectar.

I hope you enjoyed this celebration of fall too.