A day of relaxing!
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).
female Long Dash
Viceroy with a leaf in the way.
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
A very old Spring Azure!
I just can’t wait to get back to work and things become normal again!
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mon@rch–good for you taking some time for yourself. You need to do that.
11 June 2007 at 9:29 pm
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
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
@ 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