Goodness, it’s hot and dry. It is a challenging time for plants, wildlife, and gardeners. I previously blogged about why purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) are one of my favorite perennials. They’re now proving to be one of my most drought-resistant plants and attracting the most visitors, including this orange sulphur butterfly (Colias eurytheme).
In addition to various bees, I spotted this female Horace’s duskywing (Erynnis horatius), one of our common skipper butterflies. Skippers are not very showy and are challenging for me to identify. I was unsure about this one, and appreciated a confirmation from BugGuide. I’m glad to add it to our backyard butterfly list.
Once again we’re frequently seeing American goldfinches (Spinus tristis) feeding on the coneflower seeds.
The forecasts predict continued hot and dry weather. I’m glad the purple coneflowers and their visitors are adding some backyard activity.