Our newest pollinator is a Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) butterfly, and our most recent bloomer is Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus).
The Mass Audubon Society has recorded over 100 species of butterfly in Massachusetts. We've seen three or four so far in our wildflower planting. Cosmos is considered a naturalized non-native flower species in the NorthEast. Originally native to Mexico, it is part of the Sunflower family.
This is a pretty amazing display and hopefully you're getting to enjoy it in person as it happens. These latest pics can't wait until next week.
The wildflowers are turning into an awesome display with new types of blooms almost every day. They are supporting a big population of local honeybees as well.
Pollinator Factoid: The number of pollinators in an area is a great indicator of the overall health of an ecosystem.