Latin name 

Papilio polyxenes

Size

8-11 cm  (wingspan)

Flight season

April-October

Host Plant

plants in the carrot (Apiaceae) family, including Queen Anne’s lace, parsley, carrots, and dill

Habitat 

Parks, gardens, fields, meadows, and marshes

Interesting fact

Butterflies have a tube-like tongue called a proboscis that they use to sip nectar.

 

PHOTO by Diana Gruberg

 

Eastern Carpenter Bee

 

Latin name 

Xylocopa virginica

Size: 20-25mm

Flight season: March-November

Flower preferences

Feeds on a variety of flowers, including bluebells, penstemons, and food crops

Habitat 

Parks, gardens, fields, and meadows

Interesting fact

Females chew holes in dead trees, logs, or stumps to make nests. They resemble bumble bees but can be distinguished by their shiny abdomen.

 

PHOTO by Cindy Goulder

 

Common Eastern Bumble Bee

 

Latin name 

Bombus impatiens

Size: 15-25mm

Flight season: March-November

Flower preferences

Feeds on a variety of flowers, including clovers, asters, goldenrods, and thistles 

Habitat 

Parks, gardens, fields, and meadows

Interesting fact

They are social bees that live in colonies and make their nests underground, often in old rodent holes or burrows.

 

PHOTO by Arsilia Derenzo