From here we drove over to Sedge Meadow in Wayland. This meadow had very high growth. We were still looking for Bronze Coppers and were not seeing much except for Cabbage Whites.
Finally, a shout rang out ~~ Bronze Copper! It was deep in the high grass. But we all had a nice view before it flew off deeper into the meadow.
Bronze Copper (female)
Sometimes the butterflies are visible from the path, and other times, you have to be willing to dive in the habitat in order to see them. Here's a shot of some of the club members who went deep into the meadow after the single Bronze Copper! Marj is 3rd from the left and only the top of her hat is showing!
When we were getting back into the cars, we saw this caterpillar booking it across the parking area (well, fast for a caterpillar anyway!).
Virginia Tiger Moth caterpillarFrom Sedge Meadow, we made a quick pit stop at Dunkin Donuts and then stopped at Nine Corners where we had even more good luck with Bronze Coppers, Monarchs, a Viceroy and tons of Sulphurs.
Monarch (male) (#8 this year)
The above photo is of curly dock, the host plant of this butterfly. The female was getting on these leaves and then walking down the center vein to the bottom of the plant, where we assumed she was depositing her eggs. Then she'd reappear.
Crab Spider (lying in wait for a butterfly)
We made one last stop at the Sudbury Community Gardens. The best sighting here was a wolf spider mother carrying her newly hatched babies on her back!
Eastern Tailed Blue
Wolf Spider carrying its babies on its abdomen.