Let's take a look...
|Zabulon skipper (count: 2) on Gaura|
Zabulon skippers like to hang out around streams and moist woodlands and brushy areas. They lay their eggs on a variety of grasses including purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis), which we grow in our garden.
|Spring Azure (count: 2) on Oak|
|Silver-spotted skipper (count: 1) on salvia|
|Gray Hairstreak on verbena|
|Cabbage White Butterfly (count: 1) on Viola|
|Appalachian Brown (count: 1)|
This Appalachian Brown was perched on the side of the house early in the morning. As adults these butterflies don't visit flowers but find nourishment in tree sap and rotting fruit. The host plant for larvae are plants in the sedge family (Carex lacustris) where the caterpillars hide at the base of the grasses during the day and feed on leaves at night.
|Pearl Crescent (count: 3) on butterfly milkweed|
|Painted Lady(count: 2)|
|Great Spangled Fritillary (count: 3)|
In total we counted 18 butterflies this weekend. Included in our count but not photographed were an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (count: 1) and Common Buckeye (count: 1). It was a great weekend for butterfly spotting.