Conservatory Designs

Taken on July 7 in Central Park, NYC.

 

 

Conservatory Insects

Some insects I photographed in Conservatory Garden, Central Park on Saturday, July 7. The sunflower one full of bugs was not in the garden, it was in a patch of flowers near North Meadow. The Emerald Jumping Spider (Paraphidippus aurantius) was identified by bugguide.net within a day. I had trouble identifying it and sent in the pictures. They are the tops and so helpful. I knew it was probably a Jumping Spider, but not which one. I hope I got the others correct. Let me know if I am wrong.

Gulf Fritillary

I didn’t know it at first but soon found out from other lepidoptera enthusiasts that the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae incarnata) is a rare visitor to New York City. It is called the gulf Fritillary because it has been seen far out over the Gulf of Mexico. This one has been hanging out in the Conservatory Garden in Central Park for a few days. Its host plant is the Purple Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata). A life butterfly for me.