Woo! I loves me some butterflies..... Here's the skinny on my recent trip to the island:
My first Tawny Emperor pic that I'm happy with! :)
Where were all the butterflies? Seriously. I could not believe how few butterflies I was seeing.... I started to wonder if the major thunderstorms that rolled through for a few days in a row had killed them all........ 98% of the butterflies I was actually seeing were very fresh...
Here's a complete list: (at least, as far as I can remember).. If I don't add a number, it means I saw 10+
Common Checkered Skipper - 2 (in the same place, worn --- probably breeding) ?
Least Skipper - 3
Fiery Skipper - 2 (worn)
Black Swallowtail - 5
Giant Swallowtail - 7 (where the heck were all the swallowtails?)
Little Yellow - 2 (very fresh)
"Blue/Azure" species - 1
Summer Azure - hundreds - all fresh
Eastern tailed Blue
Variegated Fritillary - 2
"Large" Frittillary sp - 1 (probably Great Spangled, but it was a short view)
"Pearl" Crescent - all very fresh
"Northern" Crescent - worn-ish
Eastern Comma - 3
Common Buckeye - several colonies, yet often not seen
Tawny Emperor - I didn't see any until the last day, when I saw several fresh individuals
Common Wood Nymph - 2
My super-duper worn "blue" sp.... It was too large for Eastern-tailed, and every single Summer Azure I saw (hundreds) was very fresh and obvious..... Could it be a worn azure? I also wondered if it could be a Marine Blue???
Not that its very exciting to see a totally feature-less butterfly and hope that its something rare, but.......... ????