I had seen this little Checkerspot butterfly out of the corner of my eye for a few days at Fort Hill but was unable to photograph it. It never came close enough until… We were walking on the trail by the marsh when it alighted on a leaf by the side of the trail. We were able to take a few photographs of this pretty butterfly.
I did a little research and found that “Checkerspot (butterfly), any of a group of small to medium-size butterflies with distinctive orange, black, and brown checkered patterning on their wings.”
Have you ever seen a Checkerspot butterfly? Pretty little thing!
The Milkweed seed pods are opening up and the seeds are ready to disperse into the air. They are amazing to watch, and so pretty.
Milkweed is the primary food for Monarch butterflies, so we hope that the seeds land everywhere… maybe even in my yard?
Pretty in the sunlight, don’t you think?
This was the first Painted Lady butterfly that I’ve seen all summer here on Cape Cod. I usually see tons of them throughout the summer months. I thought it was so strange that I hadn’t seen any at all.
This was the only Painted Lady that I saw at the Audubon and it looked so small. I don’t remember them being so small. I researched on the internet and it says that they are a large butterfly, as I had remembered. I wonder why it was so small and why I haven’t seen any all summer?
Anyway, it was such a treat to see one at the very end of summer. They are such a colorful butterfly. Have you seen any Painted Lady butterflies this summer?
The Cabbage White butterflies are in abundance here on Cape Cod. In the spring time it is very hard to get a photograph of them as they never stop flitting from plant to plant. This time of year, they may land on a plant and stay for a bit allowing for much better photographs.
They are such a pretty white butterfly with black spots on their forewings. The male has 1 spot, while the female has 2 spots. They are very common in North America.
Have you ever seen a Cabbage White butterfly?
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.
The Monarch butterflies are just gorgeous with all of their beautiful colors. I saw this Monarch feeding on a Butterfly Plant on one of my hikes and just loved the coloring.
So pretty, don’t you think?