We found a tiny yellow lump.
It seemed to be a tiny insect. One of the great advantages of the new cameras, even a relatively simple one like my Olympic Tough is their ability to magnify tiny objects.
An anglewing flew past, not stopping so we could identify it as a Hackberry or a Tawny Emperer. Probably it was a Hackberry because we usually see them near the front of the Interpretative Center.
We were hoping to find butterfly caterpillars. We didn't find any but we found other things, a ladybug...
and a black and white and tan spider.
We found webworms on a redbud tree.
Near the log house , Steve spotted this Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar.
We found Pearl Crescents, Cabbage Whites and 1 Tiger Swallowtail in the meadow. We also saw quite a few more Silver-spotted Skippers.
It was along the paved lane as we walked back to the Center that we found what really pleased us...5 Monarchs. Here are photos of two of them. Notice the Silver-spotted Skipper in the second photo. We saw huge numbers of them along the lane. I'm sure we didn't count all of them.
Then it flew to Steve where it stopped a moment on his pants. The skipper was gone by the time I
turned to take that photo.
It was along the lane that we found a third caterpillar, fuzzy so it, too, was most likely a moth larva.
At the Butterfly garden, we saw more Pearl Crescents and also a little blue butterfly, either a Eastern Tailed-blue or a Summer Azure. It flew into a tangle of flowers and leaves before we got a good look at it.
We also saw a lot of honeybees and bumblebees on the flowers. Steve especially likes bees so I took pictures of them, too.
We tallied our finds when we returned to the van. We discovered that we had counted at least 56 Silver-spotted Skippers.
We were amazed by the huge numbers of Silver-spotted Skippers but we were happiest to see the Monarchs. We haven't seen many this summer.
Our "official count" was
Blue (Azure or Eastern Tailed-blue...1
Friterllary (probably Great Spangled)...1