Rockets, Butterflies and Turkeys
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
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)
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 crossing the road.