My life is about living with nature – here you can live it with me!

A day of relaxing!

Long Dash (pair)

The female Long Dash was quickly flapping her wings and attracting the male.

Today I spent the day catching up on things I have been neglecting for a while!! Some of these things included sleep, things around the house, spending time with the cats and some time with the family. It was too nice of a day not to enjoy the outside, so I took a quick walk down into the Wolf Run area of Allegany State Park to search for Butterflies (which I have also been neglecting).

Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Long Dash

female Long Dash


Viceroy with a leaf in the way.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper


Question Mark

The following are 18 species of Butterflies and Skippers that I found during my walk! Those with a (*) were first for the year for me (CHECK):

Juvenal Duskywing – European Skipper * – Hobomok Skipper – Long Dash Skipper – Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – Orange Sulphur – Summer Azure * – Spring Azure – Pearl Crescent – Atlantis Fritillary * – Red Admiral – Red Spotted Purple – White Admiral – Viceroy – Question Mark – Eastern Comma – Little Wood Satyr – Monarch

Spring Azure

A very old Spring Azure!

I just can’t wait to get back to work and things become normal again!

10 responses

  1. winterwoman

    Are you being sarcastic about you “can’t wait to get back to work”? Normal is over-rated!

    10 June 2007 at 9:10 pm

  2. Your butterfly photos are phenomenal! Long Dash flapping her wings thinking “come get me big fella!” Glad you got to spend some time for yourself today Tom! Sounds like a great day!

    10 June 2007 at 9:32 pm

  3. Yes, get back to work and have some rest. LOL! You are always knee-deep in nature but we all love it.

    I bookmarked this post until I get my butterfly guide. Great (no, SUPERB) photos, Mon@rch.

    10 June 2007 at 10:13 pm

  4. I am noticing various butterflies here too, but have no idea what they are. I have to get a guide book for them too. Your pictures are so good, especially for subjects that don’t stay still for long.

    11 June 2007 at 7:01 am

  5. That’s a lot of butterflies in one outing. I don’t ever see that many, and such diversity. You have such a good eye. Great photographs.

    11 June 2007 at 11:59 am

  6. Grace

    Happy to see some nice butterfly pictures again. It makes it seem like summer finally got here. The Viceroy picture is my favorite.

    11 June 2007 at 6:27 pm

  7. Mon@rch–good for you taking some time for yourself. You need to do that.

    11 June 2007 at 9:29 pm

  8. Great shots – and a great day out, it seems. I’m amazed by the diversity of wildlife you have so close to you (and a little jealous).

    We went out with Hearman from Flickr to Cape May. Started at 4 a.m., got home at 11:30 p.m. I don’t know about ‘relaxing’, but it sure was fun. Saw lots of odonata and butterflies, as well as a bunch of birds. I’ll be posting them soon – as soon as I have a free minute, that is!

    12 June 2007 at 9:38 am

  9. That red-spotted purple is my favorite! Glad you got some time for yourself but you still shared it with us !

    12 June 2007 at 9:51 am

  10. @ Jen – Normal is over rated but sometimes we do need to relax!
    @ Pam – thanks and I do love that photo also! It was needed for sure!
    @ Mary – Sometimes I have TOO much time with nature! But once I am unwound I am full of energy!
    @ Ruth – this is a great time of the year for butterflies! The Kenn Kaufman butterfly book is the best book to get for sure!
    @ Robin – That was a quick walk in flip flops! You should see when I go searching for each species (and put full effort into it).
    @ Grace – yes, it is a great time of the year!
    @ KGMom – we all need it from time to time!
    @ Marty – We do have some great animals around here but then again, I am jealous of the birds you get over at Cape May! Can’t wait to see what you post on flickr! I will be waiting!
    @ Lynne – they are great butterflies and I am always happy to share!

    12 June 2007 at 11:19 am

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