Yesterday was a positively beautiful day. A cold front passed through, a mix of clouds and sun and temperatures in the seventies...it was a perfect day to catch up on yardwork.
While pulling weeds I discovered too many insects to possibly photograph (and also achieve the work I had set out to do!). This little butterfly (or moth?) had been observed earlier in the week on our coneflower. Last night it was fluttering around in the herb garden and finally, it alit on a fence post behind our hollyhocks.
I've spent hours trying to identify its species and finally; after no luck...I decided to join and share my image within a group dedicated to the collection of data pertaining to butterflies and moths of North America. Coordinators from all over the continent help to identify species and catalog them into geographic areas.
Scientists (including citizen scientists) - in my opinion - are wonderfully cooperative people. They appear to recognize collaboration achieves more than solitary study. I'm eager to learn the name of our recent visitor!