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Wolf Run Butterflies

Great-spangled Fritillary

Today I decided to take a walk for butterflies along the Wolf Run area of Allegany State Park. Was only out for about an hour before the rain arrived but did capture a few decent photos to share with everyone!

Red-spotted Purple
Red-spotted Purple

The following species were observed within the hour that I was out:

1 – Cabbage White
2 – Orange Sulphur
3 – Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
4 – Red-spotted Purple
5 – White Admiral
6 – Viceroy
7 – Summer Azure
8 – Meadow Fritillary
9 – Great Spangled Fritillary
10 – Atlantis Fritillary
11 – Northern Crescent
12 – Gray Comma
13 – Common Ringlet
14 – Monarch
15 – European Skipper
16 – Indian Skipper
17 – Dun Skipper

If the weather didn’t hit . . . I know that I could have found some more commonly found species!


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Great-spangled Fritillary
Great-spangled Fritillary

Gray Comma
Gray Comma

European Skipper
European Skipper

Meadow Fritillary
Meadow Fritillary

Summer Azure
Summer Azure

Indian Skipper
Indian Skipper

Northern Crescent
Northern Crescent

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33 responses

  1. Marg

    Wow! What fabulous shots Tom!
    I hope I can find some on Tuesday-love the European Skipper shot!

    29 June 2008 at 9:17 pm

  2. Butterfly-o-rama! I’m loving the that Red Spotted Purple. Spectacular flutter!

    29 June 2008 at 9:25 pm

  3. Jay

    Extremely well done. The experienced hand & the eyes are showing in every picture. Boy! The colors, the lighting are great. I like the 1st & 5th images – looks like a personal intimate portrait to me.



    29 June 2008 at 9:40 pm

  4. wow that is a lot of butterflies to find. I usually see a lot but I don’t know them all.

    29 June 2008 at 9:46 pm

  5. Lisa at Greenbow

    What wonderful photos Mon@rch. It is strange that around here we haven’t had so many butterflies this year. I think our cool wet spring and early summer has kept them at bay. It is sort of erie actually. Hopefully when it warms up again we will see more.

    29 June 2008 at 9:56 pm

  6. That is a great list of butterflies for an hour’s walk. Also, those are some really lovely photos of lovely creatures.

    29 June 2008 at 10:11 pm

  7. Tom–your butterfly photos are stunning. Just beautiful.
    How do you get them to stop fluttering long enough to be photographed? Do you give them spiked sugar water or something?

    29 June 2008 at 11:09 pm

  8. “Decent”? More than decent! Beautiful is more like it =)

    29 June 2008 at 11:12 pm

  9. You certainly are fortunate to see so many butterflies, so many species, in just an hour’s time. Around here (in my backyard) I’m thrilled to see one or two all summer long. ;o) Great job, Monarch.

    29 June 2008 at 11:19 pm

  10. Hi Tom!
    I’m a relatively new reader and finally decided I should leave a comment instead of just read and leave (how rude!).

    I love all the butterfly shots. We are in eastern NY and I would love to visit Allegany Park someday…it looks like a terrific spot.

    I enjoy all the bird and nature shots! Thanks.

    29 June 2008 at 11:28 pm

  11. Pam

    Ohhh, how pretty, and very cool you found 17 species within an hour! What is with all of this rain! Not that I’m complaining since we need it.

    30 June 2008 at 4:47 am

  12. winterwoman

    OK, one of these days I need to go on a butterfly walk with you! I often see them fluttering by and think, “Tom would know what that one is!”

    30 June 2008 at 6:03 am

  13. The first shot gives the illusion (on my monitor, at least) that the wings have lacy holes and the background is showing through. Wonderful photos. I always leave your blog smiling to myself.

    30 June 2008 at 6:26 am

  14. Stunning butterflies!

    30 June 2008 at 6:49 am

  15. @ Marg – thanks and the European skippers were everywhere!
    @ Liza – thanks and they are great butterflies!
    @ Jay – thanks and the first image is my favorite!
    @ Dakota – it is fun taking the time to find them all!
    @ Lisa – thanks and is strange because we had a good butterfly year this year! Hope you do see more!
    @ Nick – thanks and butterflies are great to find!
    @ KGMom – thanks and isn’t always easy to photograph! These are all wild butterflies, so no spiked sugarwater!
    @ Rondi – thanks . . . blush
    @ Mary C. – thanks and helps that I have a good idea where they are expected to be found.
    @ Debbie – thanks for visiting and glad you took the time to comment! Thanks and would love to have you visit ASP one day!
    @ Pam – thanks and wish the weather didn’t stop me but I did have to run to my parents house afterwords!
    @ winterwoman – without a doubt! We are doing the butterfly count in a few weeks with the RTPI JA group!
    @ Martha – that was a fun picture and glad you are leaving smiling!
    @ Birdlady, thanks!

    30 June 2008 at 7:00 am

  16. All so beautifully captured!

    30 June 2008 at 7:42 am

  17. Sherri

    Absolutely beautiful!! I love the shot of the European Skippers!

    30 June 2008 at 9:32 am

  18. Stunners!

    30 June 2008 at 9:47 am

  19. Sarah Hurst

    Wow, wow, wow!!!

    30 June 2008 at 12:48 pm

  20. Mike Head

    Hi Tom,

    Very nice as usual. I am going to show my great ignorance about butterflies. What is the difference between a butterfly and a moth. If I was out alone I probably would have called the skippers, the Azure and the maybe the comma a moth. Pretty dumb eh?

    30 June 2008 at 9:19 pm

  21. Those are real beauties! I’ve never gone out for the sole purpose of finding butterflies.-I may have to try it some time.

    30 June 2008 at 10:12 pm

  22. Mel

    Preeeeeeeetty 😀
    You keep posting such beautiful creatures! (I envy you :P)

    30 June 2008 at 11:48 pm

  23. What a shot Tom….this is amazing, the color, comp and detail are beautiful !!

    1 July 2008 at 1:33 am

  24. I’m impressed. Not only did you see all of them, you identified them, took pictures, and blogged the photos. Do you ever sleep?

    Seriously, great photos. I also thought the first one gave the wings a lacy, see-through effect.

    1 July 2008 at 4:56 am

  25. Bo

    Those colors are splendid – especially the oranges on the purples. Wow! I agree with wren’s comment. You really must be on the go 24/7. 🙂

    1 July 2008 at 8:43 am

  26. Great photos. I had seen those European and Indian Skippers but hadn’t identified them. Thanks for letting me know

    1 July 2008 at 9:40 am

  27. Wow, that’s quite a variety of butterflies you saw! Lovely photos, each one.

    1 July 2008 at 12:02 pm

  28. @ Jayne – thanks
    @ Sherri – thanks and we had many European skippers around!
    @ Patrick – thanks
    @ Sarah – thanks thanks thanks
    @ Mike – skippers are close to moths but are really butterflies! Nope but body size is a big thing to look at!
    @ Larry – thanks and you should go looking for them! Its fun!
    @ Mel – thanks and will do!
    @ Bernie – thanks and glad you enjoyed!
    @ Wren – thanks and I think the Indian Skipper is in question of being a long dashed skipper! Just have not had the time to go through all my other pictures to look over again! I do sleep and sometimes wish I could sleep more though!
    @ Bo – thanks and enjoying nature is easy, doing the blog is easy . . keeping up with everyone elses blogs are the harder part to do!
    @ Joan – Well, that Indian Skipper could be a long dashed skipper! But have not taken the time to really ID it for sure!
    @ Adam – Love taking the time to find the butterflies!

    1 July 2008 at 9:07 pm

  29. Wow I didn’t realize the butterfly species were so different between there & here. I’ve never seen a few of those – very pretty.

    1 July 2008 at 11:59 pm

  30. Gorgeous. Your photography skills are fantastic.

    2 July 2008 at 10:28 pm

  31. @ Rurality – thanks and appreciate your kind words!
    @ Amy – thanks very much!

    2 July 2008 at 11:29 pm

  32. Wonderful photos of the butterflies! You get such a great collection of butterflies in your park.

    7 July 2008 at 10:16 am

  33. Dear Tom,
    Lots of beautiful butterflies in one area.
    I so love them. I go bug hunting as often as possible! Wonderful photos.

    11 July 2008 at 6:03 pm

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