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Bountiful butterflies

Posted on Aug 29, 2014

It is hard to believe we are already about to enter September! After having above-average rainfall and average to below-average temperatures for much of the summer here in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region the second half of August turned out to be sunny and warm with a lot of lepidoptera on the wing and in our gardens. This is a traditionally wonderful month for butterflies. I have posted a bunch of neat sightings but here are more of the common species you have probably enjoyed in your yard.

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Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)

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Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

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Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

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Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

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Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)

I have been looking and hoping for a Giant Swallowtail, among other rarities, but it is nevertheless very gratifying to see so many of these more typical butterflies feeding in our gardens at RTPI. These pollinator neighbors are necessary members of our natural community and play such a vital role in maintaining our environment. Please always keep in mind what chemicals you use in your yard or garden enters and affects more than the plants you are applying them to – the insects, the birds and us humans.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator