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Earth Day Findings

Spring Azure
Spring Azure from April 2007

I came across a few new species during Earth Day today! The first find was a Double-crested Cormorant (CHECK) swimming in Red House Lake. It’s funny since I almost always first find them over at Quaker Lake . . . . but not this year! We have been working in the same area the past few days and it was nice finding my first Spring Azure (CHECK) fluttering around once the sun got high enough in the sky (yeah to seeing those azure blues)! Then at lunch I saw my first West Virginia White (CHECK) moving down the trail (with only a quick look)! By the end of the day there were multiple Whites flying around and all my co-workers thought I was nuts looking at those white-moth looking butterflies! Hey . . . how often do you get to look at a species of concern up close?

West Virginia White
West Virginia White from April 2007

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19 responses

  1. I love all butterflies – enjoyed your photos.
    Happy Earth Day!

    22 April 2008 at 8:15 pm

  2. Marg

    Oh how nice a Spring Azure! I did see lots of Whites a fair distance away today-I’m assuming they were Cabbage…but maybe not!

    Happy Earth Day!

    22 April 2008 at 8:16 pm

  3. LOB

    Great butterflies Tom! I saw my first Mourning Cloak today at Audubon and my first Brown Thrasher at home. Just wanted to tell you – Happy Earth Day!

    22 April 2008 at 8:27 pm

  4. That Azure is stunning! You’re right…it’s not every day you see something like either of those. At least I don’t.

    22 April 2008 at 9:24 pm

  5. The Azure is one I haven’t seen before. They are very pretty.

    22 April 2008 at 10:28 pm

  6. @ Shelley – thanks and Happy Earthday!
    @ Marg – In the city they probably were Cabbage Whites!
    @ Linda – Thanks and glad you saw the Mourning Cloak! I have yet to see my brown thrasher! Maybe tomorrow??
    @ Rondi – Thanks and we need to enjoy nature one critter at a time!
    @ Linda in Erie – They are out and look for bright blue fluttering! We also have Summer Azures but they are not as bright!

    22 April 2008 at 10:41 pm

  7. NatureShutterbug

    Those are beautiful photos – the D300?

    22 April 2008 at 11:39 pm

  8. That azure is absolutely stunning. I’ve never seen one before. I wish we had them here in Hawaii!

    23 April 2008 at 12:37 am

  9. Brilliant shots hopefully I grow up and take butterfly shots just like you! 🙂

    23 April 2008 at 2:50 am

  10. Lisa at Greenbow

    I have seen those little spring azures flitting around here too. I actually saw an painted lady yesterday. Yipee

    23 April 2008 at 4:10 am

  11. What a beautiful shade of blue!

    23 April 2008 at 6:50 am

  12. @ NatureShutterbug – Nope, taken with the point and shoot!
    @ Bobbie – thanks and you also have many great things in Hawaii!
    @ aullori – thanks and I am more than sure you will!
    @ Lisa – Don’t you love those blues? Thanks
    @ Jayne – Thanks the blues are great!

    23 April 2008 at 6:52 am

  13. Now you are really showing photos of what i love butterflies.
    Love the Spring Azure!
    I photographed a Morning Cloak yesterday. I gotta get it up on my blog.

    23 April 2008 at 8:37 am

  14. Wow–I have never been able to see the Spring Azure with the wings open like that (only when flying). Great photos.

    23 April 2008 at 8:59 am

  15. winterwoman

    I kept seeing a white butterfly going to trout lilies to sip nectar. Couldn’t get close enough without spooking them.

    I will not whine about my lens. I will not whine about my lens…

    23 April 2008 at 9:51 am

  16. You got blue & white – now if you could only find a red one 🙂 Great photos!

    23 April 2008 at 10:54 am

  17. The WV whites look like they need a shave! *LOL*

    23 April 2008 at 12:19 pm

  18. Looks as if you had a great Earth Day, Tom. I love that shot of the Spring Azure. I’m never been able to capture a good shot of one of those, but intend to keep trying. There are plenty around here.

    23 April 2008 at 1:25 pm

  19. What beautiful butterflies. Blue or white, they are both amazing!

    23 April 2008 at 4:56 pm

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