Rockets, Butterflies and Turkeys

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Dame's Rocket

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Dame’s Rocket

I’ve been watching a meadow full of purple wildflowers. I’ve visited several times over the last few days to take pictures and paint. I did a plein air morning study, that I’ve posted on my art blog. It turns out that the beautiful voilet stalks are Dame’s Rocket, which is considered an invasive species.
A field with large patches of Dame's Rocket

A field with large patches of Dame’s Rocket


I went back again in the afternoon, and I was surprised how many butterflies and bees were out. The first picture in the post is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio glaucus). There were also orange-banded Red Admiral (vanessa atalanta) butterflies.
Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) on Dame’s Rocket


Then, on the way home, a wild turkey crossed the road. Couldn’t find it in the butterfly book.
Wild turkey

Wild turkey crossing the road.

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