Category Archives: Cape Cod Butterflies

Beautiful Orange And Brown Pearl Crescent Butterfly On Cape Cod.

The butterflies are back on Cape Cod and so much fun to try and photograph although they are not always cooperative! This little Pearl Crescent was flitting from flower to flower so I was able to get a couple of good photos. (Click on blog link for other photo.)

The Pearl Crescent is a small butterfly with a wingspan of only 1 to 1 1/2″. It is orange with black borders and scattered black markings. You can find them in open areas, including meadows, fields and roadsides. Have you ever seen a Pearl Crescent?

Beautiful Little Copper Butterfly On Cape Cod.

The butterflies are starting to migrate back to Cape Cod this time of the year. It’s so much fun to see a couple of new ones each day. This Little Copper Butterfly was feasting on the flowers at Fort Hill. (Click on blog link for other photo.)

The Little Copper butterfly is a small butterfly with a wing span of only about 1″. Its fiery tones are just gorgeous among the white flowers. You can see the difference in coloring in the 2nd photograph when its wings are folded up.

Beautiful little butterfly, don’t you think?

Beautiful Mourning Cloak Butterfly On Cape Cod!

I was so surprised to see this beautiful Mourning Cloak butterfly flitting around our yard. I saw them frequently when we lived in Colorado, but I had never seen one here on the Cape.

A Mourning Cloak is a large butterfly with a wingspan of around 3″. Its color is predominantly  deep maroon with a marginal row of violet-blue marks and yellow borders.

Have you ever seen a Mourning Cloak butterfly? Beautiful butterfly, don’t you think?

Question Mark Butterfly On Cape Cod.

I saw this butterfly on my tree but didn’t know what it was. It is quite different with its wings folded up and extended.

The Question Mark is a large orange butterfly of about 2 and 1/2 inches with black markings on its fore-wings. I learned that it finds nourishment in tree sap which is why it was on the bark of my tree.

Have you ever seen a Question Mark butterfly ?