Insects on Native Plants

A clear wing hawkmoth hovers while

sipping nectar from Monarda fistulosa

(bee balm or wild bergamot):

A bumblebee forages in a flower on

Baptisia alba (white wild indigo):

A long horned red milkweed beetle

seems to peer over the edge of a leaf

of Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed):

A painted lady butterfly feeds on

Heliopsis helianthoides (false sunflower):

A bumblebee emerges after a

lengthy visit inside a

Gentiana flavida (cream gentian) flower:

Golden-legged mydas flies seem to

favor Pycnanthemum tenuifolium

(slender mountain mint) flowers:

A monarch butterfly drinks nectar from

Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod):

A bumblebee feeds on a Dalea purpurea

(purple prairie clover) flowerhead,

gathering pollen as it goes:

This ailanthus web moth is feeding on

Eupatoriadelphus maculatus (Joe Pye Weed,

was Eupatorium maculatum):

A monarch butterfly egg laid on

a flowerbud of Asclepias incarnata

(swamp milkweed):

A bumblebee feeds on flowers of

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed):

A soldier beetle feeds on Oligoneuron

rigidum (rigid goldenrod,

was Solidago rigida):

A skipper drinking nectar from

Symphyotricum oblongifolium (aromatic

aster, prev. Aster oblongifolus)

A very small insect feeds on the tiny flowers

Verbena urticifolia (white vervain):

You can see the proboscis of this Painted Lady

butterfly feeding on Rudbeckia lacinata

(wild golden glow or green-headed coneflower):

This great spangled fritillary is drinking

nectar froma Monarda fistulosa

(beebalm or wild bergamot) flower:

This great black wasp feeds on nectar

from Asclepias incarnata

(swamp milkweed):

A pearl crescent butterfly feeds on

flowers of Pycnanthemum tenuifolium

(slender mountain mint):