August in the northern hemisphere brings sweltering temperatures. Here along the mid-Atlantic coast the humidity soars right along with the mercury in the thermometer.
To swelter is to boil, broil, fry, perspire, roast, sweat, and wilt. Yes, that describes it pretty well. I have personally perspired myself into a state of wilt.
The black swallowtail butterflies are frequent visitors since we planted fennel and parsley to host their larvae this year. In summer, the eggs are laid, the larvae emerge, and they proceed to devour the host plant as they move through several larval stages.
Then they disappear…only to return as a butterfly, and the cycle starts again.