Lavender summer has arrived, and how I love to see my favourite visitors. I enjoy watching their excitable activity before gathering flowerheads to make fragrant lavender sachets for my own wardrobe..
The most beautiful of all, is the rare Tiger swallowtail. Sometimes in a couple, often alone, he or she visits our garden especially for lavender nectar.
The Humming bird moth is a beautiful, and skilful flying insect who suckles nectar without landing on the flower. Many spend their summer days flitting from one lavender flower to another.
From beehive to lavender bloom
our Honey bees need not travel far.
And then; small wild bees, blue carpenter bees, orange jacketed , and striped bumble bees! How could we survive without them? And how dull the garden would be.
NB I have difficulty identifying this swallowtail accurately. Possibly it is a Zebra swallowtail.