Yesterday afternoon, in near gale force winds, I saw my first monarch butterfly of the season! It was blowing about the yard, looking for nectar in the flower beds. Luckily, plenty of stuff is blooming now.
Last year we saw our first monarch at the end of May. We were all struck by this since it is a butterfly we usually associate with July, and this just seems way to early to be seeing them.
A few tiger swallowtails have been around, but certainly not in the numbers of the previous two years.
The little blue butterflies (Melissas?) and hairstreaks have been around the last couple of days as well.
I need to brush up on my lepidopteran ID skills.