A Superior View

Compton's Tourtiseshell
Comptons Tortiseshell

My Lake Superior View for July

The weather is fabulous, and the lake breeze is blowing away the biting insects!!

Swamp Milkweed
Swamp Milkweed

The swamp milkweed is covered with tiny monarch caterpillars, and we have several Rose-breasted grosbeaks visiting our yard daily.
We learned a new butterfly, the Comptons tortiseshell.

Tiger swallow-tail butterfly
Swallowtail butterfly

A surprising thing happened. Sadly, it probably happens often. A Swallowtail butterfly was going back and forth, and back and forth. I watched for about 10 minutes, and wondered if it was some kind of butterfly ritual? Luckily, the sunlight picked up a faint spider silk. This beautiful butterfly was trying to free itself from a spider web. With a little help from me, the Swallowtail was free, and a spider had lost his dinner.


North country Ruby-throated hummingbirds and other birds bring joy!

rose-breasted grosbeak
rose-breasted grosbeak

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