Category Archives: Cape Cod Butterflies

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!

Beautiful Painted Lady Butterfly Feeding On My Zinnias On Cape Cod


This beautiful Painted Lady butterfly flitted from Zinnia to Zinnia in my yard here on Cape Cod. I thought all of the butterflies had left for the season, but this one was still here and certainly took its time savoring each flower.


I couldn’t decide which of the first two photographs I like better. What do you think?


The last photograph was just cool… a head on shot. I love its little eyes!

Beautiful Orange Sulfur Butterfly At My Home On Cape Cod


This beautiful Orange Sulfur butterfly was flitting from Zinnia to Zinnia at my home here on Cape Cod. I have never seen one before.

Orange Sulfur butterflies are about 2″ in wingspan. They are overall yellow with bright orange and black wing borders- solid in males and broken in females. They have 1-2 red-ringed spots on their hindwings.


Have you ever seen an Orange Sulfur butterfly? Pretty, don’t you think?

Pretty Little Copper Butterfly On the Daisy At My Home On Cape Cod


I haven’t seen very many butterflies this summer to photograph here on Cape Cod. There have been some very pretty ones but they never alight on a flower to take a picture.

Phil and I were talking the other day about  photographing these elusive butterflies. First you have to see a butterfly, then you have to follow it, then it has to land on something and then you have to be ready to take that quick photograph before it flies away again. Chances of all of these things going right are not that easy.

Thus…the elusive butterfly photograph.


This Little Copper butterfly landed on one of the Daisies in my yard and proceded take make a full circle on the flower. It was perfect. I got every angle imaginable. Only problem was, I only had my phone, not my camera. And my phone does not take a macro as well as my camera.

But…what do you think?




Beautiful Black Swallowtail Butterfly At My Home On Cape Cod


I have never seen a Black Swallowtail before it landed on one of my Zinnias in my backyard yesterday. I happened to see it out of the corner of my eye so I ran and got my camera and clicked away. He was just beautiful.


The Black Swallowtail is a large butterfly with its wingspan up to 3.5″. It is mostly black with iridescent blue on its hindwings and  rows of yellow with an orange eyespot. You can in the 2 photographs how different it looks with its wings open and closed.

So pretty, don’t you think?