Category Archives: Cape Cod Butterflies

Pretty Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly At Fort Hill On Cape Cod

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I saw this pretty little Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly while we were hiking at Fort Hill the other day. It  is a small blue butterfly with a wingspan of 3/4-1″.  Above it is blue with a darker border and underneath it is gray with black spots and a little orange patch.

So pretty and delicate, don’t you think? Have you ever seen one?

Clouded Sulfur Butterfly At Fort Hill On Cape Cod

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There are still quite a few butterflies flying around here on Cape Cod. I saw this Clouded Sulfur butterfly at Fort Hill, feeding on a Knapweed wildflower. I also saw many  Cabbage White butterflies, some Painted Lady butterflies and one Monarch butterfly. I thought the Monarchs had migrated down to Mexico a few weeks ago.

It must be the warm weather and that the wildflowers are still blooming that is keeping them all around.

Look At This Painted Lady’s Face On Cape Cod!

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I have a garden of Zinnias in my backyard which the butterflies love. I saw something flying around the other day and went out with my camera. This Painted Lady butterfly was feeding on the pink Zinnia. He just put his head up and looked at me.

Amazing that you can see his little eyes and nose and mouth. Wow! Have you ever seen anything like that? It was like he was posing for the photograph. Ha!

I have been surprised at how many Painted Lady butterflies there are so late in the season.

Milkweed Wildflower Seeds Are Ready To Disperse In The Wind On Cape Cod

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Milkweed wildflower seeds are ready to blow wherever  they want here on Cape Cod. You can see the pods are open and bursting with white fluff and attached seeds. The seeds will just disperse in the wind.

The Milkweed plant is the stable plant that the beautiful Monarch butterflies feed upon. There are a lot of Milkweed plants all over Cape Cod where you can see the Monarchs.

I saw this Milkweed plant at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see many Monarchs in the summer months. I also have seen many Milkweed plants at Fort Hill which is also a favorite place of the Monarch butterflies.

I wonder if the seeds will still be there the next time I visit the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

Yellowpatch Skipper On Cape Cod

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Most of the butterflies are gone for the year but I saw this Yellowpatch Skipper feeding on a Knapweed wildflower. The colors of the skipper were shades of orange and brown. I had never seen one before.

Skippers, part of the butterfly family,  are named for their quick, darting flight habits. Most have the antenna tip modified into a narrow hook-like projection which you can see in the photograph.

Have you ever seen a Yellowpatch Skipper?