American lady butterfly


This American Lady Butterfly was an occasional visitor back in mid-October. Ladies like open areas like the edges of fields, and places with low weeds. The adults like to feed on plants such as dogbane, aster, goldenrod, marigold, self-heal, common milkweed, and vetch. Around Seven Cedars, we have goldenrod and quite a lot of asters.

Earlier in the year, females lay eggs on plantain, iron weed, burdock, everlasting and pearly everlasting. We have some of these near by. You can find a picture of Arkansas Iron Weed elsewhere on this website.

Spicebush swallowtails nectaring

Spicebush swallowtail nectaring on rosasharn flowers
Spicebush swallowtail butterfly nectaring on butterfly bush in late July

The White River flows through our Seven Cedars Homestead and the lowland woods is prime habitat for spicebush as well as witch hazel and autumn olive.

Fritillary visiting the Butterfly Bush

This fritillary butterfly is perched on the butterfly bush in our backyard garden. Fritillaries also like black-eyed-susans and daises as adults, while the larvae feed on violets, which are abundant under the cedar trees here. I am not sure of the species. Let us know if you have any ideas.

Just behind and above is a smaller silver spotted skipper.