Wildflowers Monday – up in the sky

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.

Liriodendron tulipifera flower

Liriodendron tulipifera (yellow poplar, tulip tree)

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….

Eastern tiger swallowtail on Iris

Eastern tiger swallowtail feeding on Iris

Liriodendron tulipifera flowering

Liriodendron tulipifera – host for the Eastern tiger swallowtail

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    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Thanks. I just love the swallowtails! Have you ever seen their caterpillars? Most amazing looking.

  1. composerinthegarden
    composerinthegarden says:

    Beautiful shots, diversifolius. I love the light coming through the yellow blossom. We have a lot of the swallowtails here, perhaps because the garden is surrounded by woodland.

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Thank you. That’s for sure! I went on a trail yesterday and there were at least two pairs of them fluttering around; tried to photograph a female but didn’t worked…

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