At this time of year, birds can be just a little more difficult to find, so …….


I have discovered that during the summer months, when birds are just a little more difficult to find, there are other things about that make hikes and trail walking just as interesting — butterflies.  I am not all that knowledgible when it comes to butterflies, but I do find them interesting and they certainly can certainly make trail-walking exciting in the dog-days of summer.

This afternoon, I spent a few hours walking around Clark Wright Conservation Area, as I usually do most summer afternoons after lunch.  The trails were rife with butterflies.  They come in all shapes and sizes.  Many are fairly small and a Butterfly Field Guide and a camera are musts to assist with identification. 

Today, Little Wood-Satyr’s were all over the place.

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A Mourning Cloak was lying flat in the middle of a path.

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European Skipper’s were numerous.

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I also photographed a butterfly that was difficult for me to identify.  A friend thought it looked like a Northern Broken Dash but I think it might be a Little Glassywing.  It must be one or the other.  Sometimes identification can be difficult.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Seems like a successful outing.

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  2. Posted by Lynn Sanders on July 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    A camera seems essential. The darn things won’t sit still. We notice there are fewer butterflies in our back meadow this year. And fewer bees. The second year in a row the field beside us has been in corn production. Coincidence? Could be but I do wonder.

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  3. Posted by Blake A. Mann on July 2, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    On closer look, I will go with Little Glassywing on the mystery butterfly!

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