The butterflies were still around here on Cape Cod last week when I saw this American Lady land on one of my Zinnias. Look at that face!
You can see in the 2nd photograph how camouflaged they look when their wings are folded up. We had quite a few of them around this past summer. Have you ever seen an American Lady butterfly?
I loved this photograph of this American Copper butterfly. The lighting was so pretty. The American Copper is a small butterfly, only about 1″. It looks quite different with its wings spread wide. You can see some of the coloring in the photograph.
Have you ever seen an American Copper butterfly? So pretty…
I’ve seen a lot of Skipper butterflies in our yard and on the trails this summer. Like many Skippers, the Dun Skipper is most easily observed while it is necturing. “They are named for their quick, darting flight habits. Most have their antenna tips modified into narrow, hook-like projections,” which you can see in the photograph.
There are over 3500 species of Skippers recognized. Have you ever seen a Skipper?
I was taking a hike the other day when I saw something out of the corner of my eye. It landed high on the branch above me. I clicked away and this is what I got. (Click on blog link for other photo.)
It is a Red Admiral butterfly and very pretty, but way high up in the tree. I didn’t know that they landed so high up; I thought they would prefer a flower.
The Monarch butterfly is gorgeous wherever you see it. This particular one landed on this purple flower in our yard. I clicked away and realized afterward that I had 3 different poses of the Monarch. (Click on blog link to see other 2 photos.)
They are gorgeous however you look at them.
I thought it was pretty cool. What do you think?
If you want to see butterflies and dragonflies, go to Beech Forest Trail in Provincetown. They are everywhere! I saw this beautiful yellow Tiger Swallowtail in a bush near the marsh. It was just close enough to get a decent photograph.
The Tiger Swallowtails are a large butterfly with a wingspan of 3-5.5″. They are overall yellow with black stripes and tails. They live on woodland edges, meadows and parks east of the Rockies.
Have you ever seen a Tiger Swallowtail? So pretty!