Orchids and Butterflies
Tom started the trip by taking me to see the very rare Ragged Fringe Orchid!
Well I may be spending my summer here in the Valley but its been non-stop wildlife. I went with my friend Tom Gagnon, butterfly and birder extraordinaire, to search out some butterflies, but first he had a treat for me. He led me to a secret spot in Northampton where The Ragged Fringed Orchid grows. At first it looked like any other summer “weed” until I looked more closely, really a very stunning structure! Then off to look for summer butterflies. Lots going on including dun skippers, a couple mourning cloaks, and a very rare hickory hairstreak! Great day out!
Here’s a Dun Skipper on swamp milkweed.
Here’s a close up of swamp milkweed, very nice!
Ah, those mourning cloaks are amazing. Reminds me of Joseph’s technicolor coat!
Can you find the northern pearlieyed. It lives in the deep forest instead of the edge.
Here’s a close-up.
And of course the hickory hairstreak!
Notice that the brown streaks have white streaks above and below them!
Here’s the banded hairstreak. A less rare cousin of the hickory. Notice the brown streak has white only on the top!
This red admiral may not look like much…
until it flashes you its epaulets!
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