Butterfly bush, a painted lady, and fat cats!!!

My yard is anchored with buddleia davidii, or butterfly bush, named after the Rev. Buddle. The butterfly bush has started doing its job today as it attracted the monarch, black swallowtail, several red admirals, a tiger swallowtail, and a painted lady. The backyard is finally starting to feel like home!

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A painted lady dines on the butterfly bush, which smells so sweet! 

A painted lady dines on the butterfly bush, which smells so sweet! 

A growing black swallowtail caterpillar rests on Queen Anne's Lace.

A growing black swallowtail caterpillar rests on Queen Anne's Lace.

A full-grown black swallowtail cat. Striping patterns change with each instar (growing phase). 

A full-grown black swallowtail cat. Striping patterns change with each instar (growing phase).