I haven't posted in a long time here - I was sick over the winter, and I've been real busy gardening plus all the usual chores this spring.
The early, warm spring must be what's heating up the butterflies! I've got sleepy orange caterpillars already, and there are two red admirals laying eggs on the new growth of my false nettles. I've seen jillions of cloudless sulphurs, sleepy oranges, little yellows, palamedes, black, tiger, spicebush and pipevine swallowtails, American ladies, red admirals, and I think I've seen both a gulf frit and a variegated frit from a distance.
Here's a picture I got of the first palamedes swallowtail of the season, nectaring on some wild azaleas -
Sherry in Southeast Mississippi