Saturday, August 18, 2012


My second stop of the day was at Mass Audubon's Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton, Massachusetts.  Monarchs were in great abundance!  I highly recommend this sanctuary for anyone interested in seeing butterflies!

Monarchs - 150+
Common Ringlet - 100+
Common Wood Nymph - 20
Painted Lady - 3
Pearl Crescent - 3
Least Skipper - 1

Common Ringlet

White-faced Meadowhawk (female)
(uncertain of this ID)

 Common Wood Nymph

 Cedar Waxwing

 Painted Lady

 Common Ringlet

 Ruby Meadowhawk (male) 
uncertain about this ID

Double trouble

 Common Wood Nymph

 Monarch on thistle

 I think this is an Eastern Peewee keeping the sheep company.

 Don't know what kind of beetle this is, but I think it is pretty!

 Ruby Meadowhawks mating (uncertain of ID)

This male monarch must have been brand new.  He was struggling to try to fly.  You can tell this is a male because of the two black spots on either side of its body.

Click here if you'd like to see bird photos from my visit to Wachusett Meadow from April.

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