June seems to have burst not just into floral bloom but into a bounty of butterflies. Everywhere I’ve walked this month, I’ve seen flashes of colourful wings and erratic, wobbling flights. Some of the butterflies have been purposefully patrolling along pathways or the edges of the tree line. Others have been perched sipping from flowers or drawing up minerals from damp patches of ground. And judging by the number of birds I’ve watched catching caterpillars, some of these butterflies have been laying eggs to start the next generation.
Spring Butterflies at Riverwood Conservancy and Other Spots Along the Credit
Here are just a few of the ones I’ve been able to capture an image of before they danced away.
One of many types of “LOBJ” or Little Orange and Brown Jobs which I hope to identify soon.
A Red Admiral, probably a recent migratory arrival.
A White Admiral disguised as a Red-spotted Purple.
A torn and battered survivor this Eastern Comma has made it through the winter and through a busy spring of defending its territory along a gritty path.
I’m not really sure who this was, either. There are so many Red Admirals around that the other flashes of orange and black are easy to overlook. Others have seen Painted and American Ladies. There are still some Commas and Question Marks hanging on. And soon there will be Fritillaries. Any guesses are welcome!
Are These Two Even Butterflies or Moths?
Similarly, these vivid black and white ones are flying around in the shade but I’m not sure they are butterflies.
Update 2015 06 05: These are probably “White-striped Black” moths. I’ll have to try to get a much closer look to confirm that, though.Trichodezia albovittata.
Also Seen But Not Photographed (Well) Yet This Year Along the Credit
- Black Swallowtail Surprise
- What Orange and Black Butterfly Has Bites Taken Out of Its Wings?
- What’s This Small Black and Blue Monarch?
Have you been hosting a visiting butterfly in your garden or yard? Please share your sighting with a comment.