Just some photos I took in the field yesterday of a few of the smaller butterflies (Lepidopterans) in my area: (quotes from Jeffrey Glassberg’s “Butterflies through binoculars: The East” 1999)
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) “A southern species, not established in the northeast until 1930, but now one of the most abundant butterflies, especially around cultivated fields.”
- Silver-spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus) One of our largest skippers.
Common Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia) (a type of Satyr) “Formerly not found in the eastern US, the appearance (in the 1960s) of a two brood phenotype has allowed this species to drive south. It reached New Jersey in 1994, and I expect it will eventually reach Georgia.”
Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
- Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) “Emigrants move northward mainly in April. This northward movement is very rapid, butterflies appearing in New York in mid-April, only a week or two after they have appeared in North Carolina.” (I actually took this photo earlier in the year, but I thought it would go well here)