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Betterflier

As usual of late, the milkweed plants seem to be the happening place for insects in the park. Discouraging bees and other butterflies by flapping around after them, this Monarch (Danaus plexippus) was able to hold his throne & was … Continue reading

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Riding a rocket to Nectarland

This American lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis) was wetting her extended whistle with a group of Yellowrocket flowers (genus Barbarea).

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Afternoon with a mourning

I think this is a Mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa), and it’s the first kind of butterfly we saw this year. The bright lilac edge spots add a bit of cheer to its overall sombre brown coloring, although sadly this one’s … Continue reading

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Crescent moonstone

Found this small butterfly resting on a twisty vine near the lake in Thompson Park one chilly morning. I think it may be a Pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos), perhaps a female. On the other hand, it could be a Tawny … Continue reading

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Come a copper

I think this is an American copper butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas), who’s joined in the goldenrod buffet line by two other insect diners (perhaps a flying ant and some sort of bee?). While its bright orange coloring is eye-catching, its less … Continue reading

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Three-wing flying circus

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, be dazzled by the spectacular sight of a Spicebush swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus) sipping on incredible amounts of milkweed. Meanwhile, cringe in trepidation as a sly wasp in sinister brown … Continue reading

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Soft saffron swoosh

The blurry wing detail of a Clouded sulphur (Colias philodice) butterfly in flight makes a pretty pastel abstract of chalky orange-yellow strokes, dotted with pale pink splotches.

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