Butterflies Love the Dog Days of Summer

Butterfly at Bayfields

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on the Tiger Lilies at Bayfields

The lilies are extra beautiful at Bayfields this year. The butterflies are really enjoying them. May Heintz planted these flower beds of Tiger Lilies and Day Lilies here,  in the late 1940s.

We get lovely Chesapeake Bay breezes, to keep the lilies and the butterflies cool and comfortable, even in the Dog Days of Summer. Dog Days refer to the  the hot sultry weather that we have in July and August. The Romans associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the “Dog Star” because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog).

Eastern Tiger Swallowtails have a dark morph in addition to the common yellow form. The black form is always female. Click here to see pictures of different kinds of Swallowtails.

Photo Credit: Keri Budd
Guitar cover of Heart’s Dog and Butterfly on my video: Mark Budd

Come travel to see us at Bayfields, a bed and breakfast on the West River, in Maryland, with a great view of the Chesapeake Bay.

~Holly

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