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Baltimore Checkerspots looking magnificent

Posted on Aug 10, 2014

I have been very lucky to have success finding several Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaetonbutterflies in the gardens of RTPI in the past month. These uncommon but unmistakable creatures have all been nectaring on our flowers, mostly partaking in the Eastern Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Spotting and photographing them is always a wonderful midday break on a warm, dry day so I figured hey, why not share some more of the photos?

Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton) above 0758

Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton) butterfly 0761

Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton) nectaring 0806

Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton) on edge 0733

Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton) shadow 0821

Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly DSC_0160

Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly on edge DSC_0173

Sometimes you have to stop and simply appreciate a beautiful species like this one that reminds us all while we care about nature, work for conservation and strive to protect the environment. There are so many natural neighbors in our collective yards that we should all pause and enjoy from time to time. Do you have lovely shots of a butterfly or two you’d like to show us? We have many friends and readers who do just that on our Facebook page or through our Twitter account – please join them!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator