Butterflies Galore!

group under a treeI had the pleasure of going on a butterfly walk with one of the best butterfliers around, and by around I mean the country!  Tom Gagnon took us out on the Bullit Reservation, part of the Trustees of Reservations.  Ah the butterflies we saw were amazing!  Here’s a tawny edged skipper drinking nectar with its proboscis:

and a mother spider with her young:

Here are some pictures as well, remember, click on them to enlarge:

Our fearless leader- into the meadow we go!

Our fearless leader- into the meadow we go!

The wood nymph's were all over this morning.

The wood nymph’s were all over this morning.

 

Even making woopee right in front of us!

Even making woopee right in front of us!

Beautiful Baltimore butterflies...

Beautiful Baltimore butterflies…

baltimore open behind goodbaltimore open 3

Clouded sulfurs were abundant as well.

Clouded sulfurs were abundant as well.

Group w tom

One of my favorites was the pearl crescent!

One of my favorites was the pearl crescent!

pearl crescent 2 close

Lots of different kinds of FRitillaries.  This one is a great spangled.

Lots of different kinds of FRitillaries. This one is a great spangled.

This one is a meadow Fritillary.

This one is a meadow Fritillary.

And of course the eye-catching black swallowtail...

And of course the eye-catching black swallowtail…

Here's a side view.

Here’s a side view.

And lastly an american copper.

And lastly an american copper.

And an american copper on a hawk weed flower.

And an american copper on a hawk weed flower.

Tom also showed us a wonderful orchid, a ragged edged orchid!

Tom also showed us a wonderful orchid, a ragged fringed orchid!

ragged edge orchid close

 

 

Lastly, I love this shot of a baltimore from behind.  Take a look at the orange at the end of its antennae!

Lastly, I love this shot of a baltimore from behind. Take a look at the orange at the end of its antennae!

 

 

 

 

 

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.
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