I ran into my friend Tom Gagnon at the Northampton Community Gardens as he was leading a Butterfly Walk sponsored by the Arcadia Sanctuary of Mass Audubon. So I tagged along since any time out in the field with Tom is a wonderful trip! And gosh were the butterlies a flyin’! Remember, to enlarge the picture, just click on it.
First up, the Ocola skipper. Tom thinks this may be the first siting of it in Massachusetts this year.
Here is the very subtle but very fabulous Dusted Skipper.
Here’s another skipper, very small, called a Peck’s Skipper. Also sometimes called a yellow patch skipper. Roughly one third of all butterflies in North American belong to the Skipper family!
Another view of our Peck’s Skipper.
Here’s a least skipper. I think if I was a “least” skipper, I’d go by my greek name: Ancyloxypha numitor!
Probably my favorite of the Day, The American Lady. The two eye spots on the underside of the wing is what distinguishes it from a Painted Lady which has four spots.
Here is the American Lady when its open.
And here is the striking American Copper. It belongs to the Gossamer Winged Family! Very cute!
Here’s an Eastern tiger swallowtail, showing off for the camera!
Show off all you want baby!!!
Just as large and stunning is the Swallowtail, the Eastern tailed blue is diminutive (as small as a dime) but if you can catch a glimpse, it too is eye-catching!
These wonderful butterflies actually have 3 generations within one summer in Massachusetts. Third generation caterpillars then over winter, often in pods of plants.
Here’s a clouded sulfur. You can see them bebopping all over the gardens, very restless.
Another butterfly we all see around is the cabbage white. Cool eyes!
What I think is the best name for a butterfly: The Great Spangled Fritillary! This one is a bit beaten up from the summer but still showy!
and of course, royalty, The Monarch of the garden made an appearance right at the end…
About John Body
I live in Western Massachusetts, in the incredibly beautiful Connecticut River Valley. I've been hiking, kayaking, and tracking wildlife throughout the Valley with lots of photos and videos that people may like to see. Whenever I travel I also take my cameras just in case I see great scenery or wildlife. My passion is wildlife conservation so I try to attend wildlife workshops and land preservation events (Habitat, Habitat, Habitat!). When I get a chance, I videotape the experts, they're just so knowledgeable and inspiring. I hope you enjoy my posts.