Tawny Day Lily
When it's summertime in Sutton, Massachustts you see tawny day lily beds ALL over the place. The beautiful orange flow from these day lilies is stunning. However amazing as it might seem, the orange day lily is NOT a native plant. It hails from Asia. The tawny day lily is Hemerocallis fulva.
The day lily was known way back to the original colonists, and the first orange day lilies were brought over to Massachusetts back in the 1600s. So they have been here pretty much as long as the colonists have been. They quickly spread all over the place, to the point that many people now think of them as "natural". However, they are definitely introduced plants.
It's amazing how many butterflies adores these plants and have bright orange coloring to match them. Did those butterflies exist before the colonists came over? If so, what other orange flowers did they feed on?
The butterfly shown below in a day lily is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
The butterfly shown below in a day lily is a Spicebush Black Swallowtail
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