Even More Butterflies

If you have been following my comments, you might think that red admirals are the only butterflies around.  That could not be farther from the truth.  There have been greater than normal numbers of several species of butterfly.  You do have to brush away the red admirals to see them though.

Painted ladies, Vanessa cardui, are in the same genus as red admirals, V. atlanta.  Although not quite as numerous, they are still present in much higher numbers than they would normally be at this time.

A third species, the American lady, V.  virginiensis, is also quite common.

Clouded sulfurs, Colias philodice, shown here are quite common.  The similar but larger orange sulfur, C. eurytheme is even more so.

The meadow fritillary, Boloria bellona, is not so common but then it never is.

There are very high numbers of many butterflies now–similar to what you would find in August or September, rather than April.


About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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One Response to Even More Butterflies

  1. mike585 says:

    Lovely images! 🙂

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