Saturday, 28 July 2012

Maine butterflies

Some beauties from our first week in northern Maine:

American White Admiral is now regarded as conspecific with Red-spotted Purple, its more southerly counterpart.
This beautiful Black Swallowtail was feeding on clover near Solon.

UPDATE I managed to photograph some more butterflies today (30 July) while out with Michael J Good from Down East Nature Tours on Mount Desert Island, Maine (a great way to spend a morning):

Clouded Sulphur immediately recalls the more familiar (and closely related) Clouded Yellow from Europe.
I've tentatively identified this insect as Common Wood-Nymph, a variable and widespread American species.
The impressively large and beautiful Monarch, king of all North American butterflies.

Spring Azure is another widespread species. This one is of the eastern form neglecta, known as Summer Azure.
And finally this Question Mark (think variation on Comma ...), photographed in White Mountain National Forest,
New Hampshire, just before we arrived in Maine.


  1. Wonderfull colors,best regard from Belgium

  2. Merci beaucoup, Louisette! I photographed some more butterflies out here in Maine today and have just updated the original post with additional images, so please take a look. Best wishes and thanks again



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