Thursday, September 23, 2021

Summer butterflies

As summer comes to a close, so does the season of butterflies. Below are some of our favorites seen in and around NYC this last summer.

This is the caterpillar one of the most well-known butterflies. One clue to its identify is that it's resting on the leaf of a milkweed plant.
This colorful caterpillar will eventually transform into something much different...
This Woolly Bear caterpillar is the larval form of the Isabella Tiger Moth. It's said that the color bands of the caterpillar are indications of weather, specifically winter. True or false? You decide.
We saw more Skippers this summer than any other butterfly, and they were relatively easy to photograph, so here are a few of our favorites.
We didn't see as many Red Admirals this season as we have in the past for some reason.
Many thanks to the contributors at iNaturalist who helped with some of our identifications. The site is a great citizen science resource for learning about plants, animals and insects.
 
Next up, dragonflies...

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