Lovely flowers, Art.
Do you extract the oil to cure your flu? ;-))
A beautiful butterfly too. Polyommatinae?
Hi Per, Thanks for commenting. I just enjoy the flowers. Knowing they have herbal medical value makes them more interesting to me. The prickly seed mass really does feel like an echinoderm when I touch it so the name echinacea makes sense. Thanks for naming the butterfly. I was lucky this is the first time I have seen one of these in my yard. Best regards. -Art
I think you overlooked the question mark Art. ;-))
I'm not sure of the species of the butterfly, but I did some searching and Polyommatinae was what I thought was most similar to this one.
Per, Naming plants and bugs is completely out of my league. I'm willing to accept anything that sounds right from the smart folks who frequent these pages. I'll send the photo to my entomologist friend and check in later. Best regards. -Art
You do that, Art.
It will be interesting to see if my assumptions are correct.
I put it among my favorites until the censorship is done. ;-))
Wish you a great afternoon,
Per, Ok, here's the story from Mike, my entomologist friend. The butterfly in my photo is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Dark Phase Female - Papilio glaucus. Most Tiger Swallowtails are yellow with black markings but in the mid-atlantic area of the US there is another butterfly called a Pipevine Swallowtail - Battus philenor, which happens to be poisonous. So, the ordinary swallowtail female which is not poisonous mimics the Pipevine Swallowtail so that she doesn't get eaten by birds. Pretty interesting to me, the guy who doesn't know much about bugs. It also gave me an opportunity to chat up my friend...and also to share with you dear friend. -Art
Well, Art, it turned out that I was wrong this time. It has happened once before, but I really cann't remember when it was. ;-))
For the future I will stick to topics that I do know something about. :-))
Nice to chat with you anyway, and I'll keep the picture in my favorite folder to remind me of the time I was wrong. ;-))
Thank you so much and have a good night my friend,
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