Category Archives: Cape Cod Butterflies

Little Wood Satyr Butterfly At Fort Hill On Cape Cod


I saw this Little Wood Satyr butterfly  at Fort Hill on Cape Cod. I had never seen one before. It was right off the trail leading out to Cutting Rock.

The Little Wood Satyr is light brown in color with two yellow-rimmed black eyespots on both sides of its forewings.  The hindwing has two spots.  The Little Wood Satyr prefers habitat that is open, contains deciduous trees along with marshy areas.

Have you ever seen a Little Wood Satyr?


Orange And Black Pearl Crescent Butterfly On Cape Cod


I’ve seen several of these Pearl Crescent butterflies along the trails here on Cape Cod. They are orange above with black borders and spots. The male is a brighter orange while the female is a paler brown with silvery areas. I think this one must be a female as it looks very silvery in areas.

I’ve seen them on wildflowers or just on the trail itself. Have you ever seen a Pearl Crescent?

Pretty Blue Spring Azure Butterfly At Fort Hill On Cape Cod


We saw this pretty blue Spring Azure Butterfly while hiking at Fort Hill. It was really difficult to get a photograph of it with its wings open as it was flitting everywhere and very close to the ground.

When it closed up its wings, it looks like a totally different butterfly.

It is a small butterfly with its wingspan 3/4″ to 1  1/4″.

Have you ever seen a Spring Azure butterfly?

Silvery Checkerspot Butterflies On The Bike Trail To Coast Guard Beach


I saw these two Silvery Checkerspot butterflies last September as we were taking a walk down the Cape Cod Bike Trail to Coast Guard Beach. There were a lot of butterflies flitting about that day.

It’s not often that I get two of them on the same flower, so I clicked away! They love the Goldenrod wildflowers.

The walk from Doane Rock to Coast Guard Beach is pretty any time of the year. It is short and easy and you pass on the bike trail for a bit. There is always a lot to see!