Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Meadow Fritillary

Orange Sulphur

Friday, July 18, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Here it is! My first Monarch sighting this year.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Monday, June 16, 2008


Above is a Mustard White butterfly upon a Wild Strawberry blossom and to the left is a picture of a Cabbage White butterfly.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Northern Crescent

I had spent more than twenty minutes or so following elusive Northern Crescents around the meadow, trying to keep one in sight while I walked in circles and backtracked many times; then just when I thought one must be at rest somewhere right ahead of me I would see it, or another, in a different location. I finally gave up and went for a walk along the railroad tracks when I saw suddendly saw one lying there in the grass alongside the roadbed. It even fluttered it wings for me. Finally, I was able to get a couple of pictures of it.

American Lady

Now this is more like it! After mentioning that I had not seen many butterflies this spring; I suddenly see a few today. This American Lady caught my eye in one of the flower beds when I was checking the area before mowing my the lawn. And it waited for me while I rushed inside to get my camera and it was still there when I returned.

Clouded Yellow, Cabbage White, Blues & Cloak

I have not noticed very many butterflies around yet this spring. Our weather has been cool and a bit rainy. Butterflies like warmth and sunshine; and so there have been very few days that I would call butterfly days. I have seen a few beautiful, yellow Common Sulphurs, along with a few Cabbage Whites. Also some small Blues have been around for several weeks now. Its sometimes a bit disappoint -ing when I can't get a full look at some of the Blues when they land as most close up their wings; like this Spring Azure shown left. However, there is a positive aspect to it, for when their wings are closed I can easily see the unique markings of each, and that helps me with their identification. The Silvery Blue offers a view of both its top and bottom layers and we can see the under markings and also the black border which indicates to us that this is a male Silvery Blue. Last weekend I noticed saw my first Canadian Tiger Swallowtail this spring. The Swallowtails are often feeding on our Lilacs at this time of year but, although the Lilacs are now in bloom, I haven't seen any Swallowtails in them as yet.
My first butterfly sighting of the year was of a Mourning Cloak in late April.