After mowing the hill and sweating out buckets [yeah, the little mower is self propelled but it doesn't propel well UP a steep hill], I decided to chill out and sit on the back step in the shade.
I could have gone inside and cooled off in the AC but I don't like spending summer days in the house.
I reserve days indoors for rainy days and frigid frightful snow days.
I noticed a lot of activity near the old outhouse. The Bumbles were very active along with tiny bees.
I decided to go grab my mega zoom lens and set it on a tripod. I pointed it at the plants and simply watched.
I don't know what this butterfly is. Maybe someone will recognize it. I noticed that it seemed quite battered.
I'd heard a segment on the radio regarding hot weather and insects. Apparently Hot Weather makes the insects' metabolism speed up and thus they are very active during hot spells.
Usually I toss all but one of the shots taken that way.
This bird kept resting inside the plants. It was hard to spot him/her.
I think I will let the Bee Balm take over this section around the outhouse and move other plants this fall.