Insects on Native Plants

A clear wing hawkmoth hovers while
 sipping nectar from Monarda fistulosa
(bee balm or wild bergamot):

A painted lady butterfly feeds on
Heliopsis helianthoides  (false sunflower):

 A monarch butterfly drinks nectar from
Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod):

A monarch butterfly egg laid on
a flowerbud of Asclepias incarnata
(swamp milkweed):

A skipper drinking nectar from
Symphyotricum oblongifolium (aromatic
aster, prev. Aster oblongifolus)
This great spangled fritillary is drinking
nectar froma Monarda fistulosa
(beebalm or wild bergamot) flower:

A bumblebee forages in a flower on
Baptisia alba (white wild indigo):

A bumblebee emerges after a
lengthy visit inside a
Gentiana flavida (cream gentian) flower:

A bumblebee feeds on a Dalea purpurea
(purple prairie clover) flowerhead,
gathering pollen as it goes:

A bumblebee feeds on flowers of
Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed):

You can see the proboscis of this Painted Lady
butterfly feeding on Rudbeckia lacinata
 (wild golden glow or green-headed coneflower):

A pearl crescent butterfly feeds on
 flowers of Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
 (slender mountain mint):

A long horned  red milkweed beetle
seems to peer over the edge of a leaf
of Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed):

Golden-legged mydas flies seem to
 favor Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
 (slender mountain mint) flowers:

This ailanthus web moth is feeding on
Eupatoriadelphus maculatus (Joe Pye Weed,
was Eupatorium maculatum):

A soldier beetle feeds on Oligoneuron
rigidum (rigid goldenrod,
was Solidago rigida):

A very small insect feeds on the tiny flowers
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain):

This great black wasp feeds on nectar
 from Asclepias incarnata
(swamp milkweed):