Sunday, September 8, 2013

Lincoln Butterflies

Today I walked at Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.  There was a report of two Giant Swallowtails at their butterfly garden the other day, so I was hopeful that I might get a glimpse of a Giant!  (no such luck)

Clouded Sulphur and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

The above photo was taken in the butterfly garden just outside the gift shop.   Besides these, there was one other Clouded Sulphur and several Cabbage Whites.  The rest of the time I spent on the loop trail through the fields, spending a good amount of time in the flower fields.

Clouded Sulphur

Some of the rows in the flower field

(and as you can see enough room to walk between some of them)

Straw Flowers


Clouded Sulphur

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

This swallowtail looked like a mini version of a Black Swallowtail.  I honestly thought it was a small butterfly because it came from the 2nd brood of the season (WRONG!!), but once I saw it on the computer, I realized it was just chewed down to this small size.  Poor thing!  A survivor!

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Great Spangled Fritillary

Eastern-Tailed Blue

Cabbage Whites, mating

Black Swallowtail

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Gorgeous row of sunflowers

Flycatcher (wish I knew what kind)
It made no calls, did not bob its tail and remains a mystery.  Boo!

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

Cedar Waxwing (juvenile)

(note the purple stain on its bill)

Chokeberry (source of stain)