Our Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) has been covered with its unique white blooms, and has been the scene of considerable bee and butterfly activity.
I’ve especially enjoyed seeing Eight-spotted Forester moths (Alypia octomaculata) as regular visitors. This is the first time I’ve seen them in our yard, and it was a special treat to see as many as three at once. I’m intrigued by the orange ‘tufts’ on their legs.
It’s easy to mistake these moths for small black-and-white butterflies. However, unlike most moths, these fly during the day. In this view it’s easy to see their eight spots.
As the blossoms age, the insects will begin to look elsewhere for nectar, and the brown ‘balls’ which contain seeds will remain until autumn. I’m curious to see if the Eight-spotted Foresters show up on other flowers.