8-11-17 VERMONT: Summer is slipping away, sunset is now earlier than 8 PM. We had another shower overnight and heavy dew this morning. My shoes got soaked on my early rounds.
We did go to and look at Katy and Andy’s pasture milkweed, but saw no monarchs and no caterpillars. They had monarchs a few weeks ago for several days and identified small caterpillars on their impressive stand of milkweed. Yesterday there were no caterpillars that we saw, and almost all the milkweed leaves and plants were intact, without signs of being chewed on.
I did see a Swallowtail butterfly, either a Black or Spicebush Swallowtail. There’s a pic below if anyone has a ID to offer. Later in our pasture, I saw a Painted Lady butterfly where the mint is in bloom and where the milkweed grows.
The Indigo bunting has been back at the feeder a lot this week, and I finally got a nice snap and one with a gold finch sharing the perch.
We had dinner at Tuckerbox last night with Ken and Jane, and are scheduled for dinner tonight with Ann and Roger and Dave and Shari. Tomorrow we’re off to Southwest Harbor for a visit to Ken and Carol.
New blooms: white star clematis.
Indigo Bunting, again, finally an acceptable image, and the last one that I'll harass everyone with, except for the one below.
Yellow bird, blue bird.
The black-eyed Susans in the garden finally opened.
Black swallowtail or Spicebush swallowtail. Anyone?