In the past few days, this section of my garden has gotten a lot of attention from the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly.
Pink and purple flowers are among its favorite and it has taken a particular liking to my Dwarf Korean Lilac at the top of the picture.
Here is a female enjoying the lilac.
Here is another female. They are really big. The wingspan is about 3-6 inches.
I think this one is an American Lady Butterfly. Much smaller, but beautiful as well.
If the neighbors were watching me trying to capture these beauties, I'm sure they had a lot of fun. A lot of chasing and hopping between plants was done. But I got my pictures. Ha!
Here is a great website for identifying American butterflies, it's called Gardens with Wings. The site also has good information on butterfly gardening, identifying caterpillars, etc.
Did you know that butterflies rely on warmth and the sun to heat its body temperature and to get going? If you're trying to attract butterflies to your garden, it's a good idea to have rocks around to provide a basking site for them.