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

Viceroy with a leaf in the way.

Hobomok Skipper

Hobomok Skipper

Questionmark

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!

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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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