I can’t remember ever seeing the Redbuds go so quickly from bare branch to full flower.
We haven’t had much in the way of cold nights to slow these guys down.
They are doing a nice job of filling in the holes left behind when the Autumn Olive and Multiflora Rose were removed.
In a typical year the blooming periods of the various shrub species are slightly staggered. This tends to concentrate the butterflies onto one species at a time. With this year’s smorgasbord of blooms, the butterflies are more widely scattered. Many of the flowering shrubs have now grown to a quite respectable height, so besides being spread out, the butterflies are high above my head. This Henry’s Elfin is a species that deposits its eggs on the flowers of the Redbud. I saw several high in the tops of the Redbuds, but none came within range of a decent photograph.
I found these everywhere I walked, but they couldn’t manage to stay on a shrub flower long enough for me to get a photo.
Juvenal’s Dusky Wings had claimed territories on every shrub around the edge of the field and were chasing away the Spring Azures whenever they came near.
Princeton University Press just released the new Bumble Bees of North America Identification Guide and I thought I would do some work on Bumble Bee identification this summer. The guide is full of great information, but it seems that many Bumble Bee species have a wide variation in color patterns and several common species share similar patterns, so simple visual observations may prove unsatisfactory for identification purposes. I’ll give it a try anyhow.