Butterfly Report: First Monarch and More

We counted seven species of butterflies at DeKorte yesterday, including Red Admiral (above), Black Swallowtail, IMG_0287Silver-spotted Skipper, Summer Azure and our first Monarch (left). (Plus Orange Sulfurs and Cabbage Whites.)

The now-blooming  Butterfly Bushes were the big attraction.

One note: Although we usually think of primetime for butterflies as mid-morning to mid-afternoon, we had a Red Admiral before 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday (on a Hydrangea. no less), and we had Summer Azure, Black Swallowtail and Monarch after 5:20 p.m. yesterday.

More on Red Admirals here.

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