Butterflies Showing Up

Butterflies are starting to show up in numbers now, and some species are showing up for the first time this year.

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Summer azures are flying in fairly significant numbers, hanging around dogwood trees and engaging in circling fights.

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Great spangled fritillaries can also be found, although there are not so many of them.  They are large, though, so you will see them if they are around.

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I ran across this meadow fritillary on the road near my house.  They are not so large, and not all that common, but you may see them if you look closely.

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Little wood satyrs were common when I visited Medora prairie over the weekend.  They like sunny open woodlands.  I usually find them anywhere there is poison ivy.

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