Category Archives: Cape Cod Butterflies

New Wildflower Garden At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod

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The new wildflower garden at  the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is just spectacular! The wildflower species are numerous and the butterflies are everywhere! There are even walking paths through the garden so you can get “up close and personal” with the flowers and get that perfect photo-op of a Monarch butterfly.

If you haven’t been to the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary lately, it’s well worth the stop. Not only are the wildflowers and butterflies gorgeous, the shore birds are abundant out on the beach at low tide.

Common Wood Nymph Butterfly At Fort Hill On Cape Cod

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I’ve seen a lot of Common Wood Nymph butterflies while hiking at Fort Hill lately, especially in the evenings as they love the  grassy borders of woodland edges and openings. 

The Common Wood Nymph, mostly tan and brown with two dark eyespots in an orange patch, has a  2″ to 2  7/8″ wingspan. It is very distinguishable.

Have you ever seen a Common Wood Nymph?  

Awesome Photograph Of A Monarch Butterfly On Cape Cod

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This beautiful orange Monarch butterfly was flitting around my yard from Butterfly Plant to Butterfly Plant. I followed him around looking for that perfect photo-op.

I loved this photograph of the Monarch head on What do you think? You can see all of the features in his little head!

Gorgeous Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly On Cape cod

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I saw  this gorgeous Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly feeding on a Butterfly Plant at the high school the other day. I thought it was just magnificent with the orange flowers in the background.

Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies are 3 1/2″ to 4 1/2″ in wingspan making them a large butterfly. They are so different in coloing when their wings are open and when their wings are closed.

So pretty, don’t you think?

 

Beautiful American Copper Butterfly On Cape Cod

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The American Copper butterflies are so colorful with their vibrant orange and black colors. I saw this American Copper at Fort Hill on the side of the trail. I almost missed it as when their wings are closed up they are a light grey with tiny black dots. It’s only when they open their wings that you can see the beautiful orange and black.

American Copper butterflies are small, only about 1″ with orange forewings and about 8 black dots and a black outer edge.

Have you ever seen an American Copper butterfly?