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Butterflies

Butterflies on my Finger

Common Ringlet on Finger
Common Ringlet

You always need to stay close to nature . . . . have you ever given a try to holding a butterfly on your finger?
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Todays Butterflies

Gray Comma
Gray Comma

I had lots of butterflies flying around today. Gray Comma (CHECK), Tiger Swallowtail (CHECK), Juvenal Dusywing (CHECK) . . . . all first of the years today. The Clouded Sulphur, West Virginia White, Eastern Comma and Spring Azure have been seen previously.
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West Virginia White

West Virginia White on my finger
West Virginia White on finger

Saw my first of the year West Virginia Whites (CHECK) flying around today. I just love these guys!
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Butterflies Courtship and Nest Building

Mourning Cloak
Mourning Cloak

Temperatures reached in the 60’s yesterday with my first butterfly of the year “Mourning Cloak” (CHECK), courtship displays from Red-shouldered Hawks, and American Crows gathering nesting material. True signs that spring has finally arrived.
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Monarch Movement (love this time of the year)

Monarch
Monarch Butterfly

Allegany State Park had many Monarch butterflies passing through the area today. I counted a good dozen while sitting in the truck today! Many more were observed following the roads moving in a southern direction!
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Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak
Mourning Cloak on my hand!

Sometimes they let me pick them up . . . sometimes they fly away!
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Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak
Mourning Cloak

Just found a Mourning Cloak who let me pick it up with my finger! I just love seeing Mother Nature up close!
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