This has not been the best year for insects and butterflies. The drought has been vicious and the heat too high. Now that it's cooled off a little I'm seeing more activity.
Here's a beautiful Swallowtail butterfly feeding on the butterfly bush. It was hard to get a shot because this butterfly moved continuously and the wind was blowing quite stiffly, making the flowers bob around. His/her wings are being curved around the flower by the wind in this shot.
The butterfly reminds me of a stained glass window from this angle.
There were honey bees and these big fellas all over the bush too.
I think these are Eastern Carpenter Bees. Fortunately none of them objected to having their picture taken. I've heard that some people use a telephoto and a tripod to take photos like this but I do handheld up close and personal. If the bees object I run like a girl. These bees are supposed to be fairly mellow. There were honey bees too, but I didn't get any good shots.