Take a look at a few of the many critters enjoying the plants at Earth Tones!
The American Lady, Vanessa virginiensis, displays the dorsal view of its wings as it rests on the Amsonia spp. in bloom.
Later in the season, this American Lady visits the Purple Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) and displays the ventral view of its wings.
A skimmer dragonfly (Libellula spp.) hangs out on a currant bush (Ribes spp.).
Many flower flies (family Syrphidae) mimic the appearance of stinging wasps or bees in an effort to be avoided by predators.
A bumble bee (Bombus spp.) collects pollen from the Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) flowers.
Flower longhorn beetles (subfamily Lepturinae) are important pollinators. Here, a couple is seen on a flower of Virginia Rose (Rosa virginiana).