Butterfies are normally very common this time of year. But we have had a drought, and they seem a lot less common than normal.
Today my wife and I went on a trip to southern Iowa–she was doing some geneological research. We stopped at a cemetery in Lenox, and adjacent to it was an alfalfa hay field. Butterflies were thick at this hay field.
Hay fields always attract butterflies, especially the orange and clouded sulfur types. However there were others–somewhere around 15 species.
This is a checkered white, Pontia protodice.
This skipper is a sachem, Atalopedes campestris.
And this is a gray hairstreak, Strymon melinus.
This was a very enjoyable afternoon.