Flowering trees & butterflies
A short break from the herbaceous perennials; the North American majestic tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, is in full bloom right now and deserves a mention. I have a folder full of images but I couldn’t abstain last week and took more pictures (macro lens stretched to maximum :). In Southern Ontario, it can be also seen growing wild in a few localized areas that are part of the Carolinian forest.
Nearby, a large Eastern tiger swallowtail was feeding greedily on an Iris and I remembered that although it feeds on many perennials, it lays its eggs on trees, preferring species of Magnoliaceae – tulip tree included, and Rosaceae (occasionally Ptelea, Populus sp. and others). Something to remember when looking up to the sky….