In Part 1, I noted some of the most common wildflowers found in the park in mid-July. They will be there for the July 14 nature walk and the next time I go after that.
Butterflies, on the other hand, do not stay in one place. I am never entirely sure what I will see, though a few are seen almost every visit. Here are some often present in EHP in mid-July.
The first three can be considered large, as butterflies go.
E. Black Swallowtail
E. Tiger Swallowtail
The next 6 are smaller, but not among the many very small butterflies. I characterize them as mid-size.
Clouded Sulfur Photo by Margaret Weber
The last two pictured here are small. There are almost always additional small butterflies flittering around that I am not able to identify.
Crescent Photo by Margaret Weber
It is very difficult to tell the different between Pearl Crescent and Northern Crescent. They are very similar. I think the one in the photo might be a Northern Crescent, but Pearl Crescent is more common in southern Michigan and more likely to be seen in EHP in the summer.
I have always considered a day of seeing 6 or more different species of butterfly a very good butterfly day. On sunny days in July in Eliza Howell, there is often a very good butterfly day.
2 thoughts on “July Blooms and Butterflies: Part 2”
Leonard, your Eastern Tailed Blue is a Banded Hairstreak. Little primer here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/craves/9278533891/
Thank you! I did not check to confirm my identification. Lesson learned.