Posts Tagged 'butterflies'


Danaus plexippusThe air above Fort Tilden’s narrow reach was full of Tree Swallows and, to a lesser extent, Monarch Butterflies. The Monarchs were being pushed hard towards the east in the breeze. We saw about a dozen of them. One was quite high, noticed as we watched a Peregrine on patrol way up there.Danaus plexippusDanaus plexippus. Some were still eating. This is a good reminder that, this late in the year, there’s are no milkweeds in bloom around here. But the goldenrods are ripe, tiny little suns of nectar and pollen.

O You’ve Got Green Eyes

Colias philodiceClouded Sulphur (Colias philodice).

On Plumb Beach

IMG_3902Plumb Beach is off the Belt Parkway between Sheepshead Bay and Flatbush Avenue. The Parks Dept.’s website calls it Plumb; Parks Dept. signs on site call it Plum; it is supposed to be named after Beach Plums (Prunus maritima). It has a unexpected history, although perhaps not for Brooklyn’s wild edges, capped more recently by tragedy. In the supposedly more savage natural world, it is one of the premier places for Horseshoe Crabs in the spring. It was surprisingly quiet on a recent late afternoon. But that may have been explained by an enormous NYS Envirnonmental Police vehicle and armored-vest (!) wearing rangers on patrol.Danaus plexippusMonarchs (Danaus plexippus) are starting to show up on the shore in preparation for flightward south.Leucophaeus atricillaThis Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) is already well out of breeding plumage. Charadrius semipalmatusThere were two Semipalmated Plovers (Charadrius semipalmatus) scoottling along the shore. Other notable birds were pair of Oystercatchers passing offshore and two Snowy Egrets rising briefly from the marsh.sharkA two-foot “sand shark” as I would have called them in my youth, missing a big chuck from the side of the head, the gills. Fraternal or by-catch? Holler if you know the species.

Two Butterflies

Thorybes pyladesNorthern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades).Phyciodes tharosPearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos); this one was particularly attached to this pebble.



Butterfly Dependence

A short walk on the High Line yesterday morning:Vanessa atalantaThere were several Red Admirals (Vanessa atalanta); this one was all over the Purple Coneflower (Echinacea).Papilio glaucusTiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus). Danaus plexippusNot as close to the camera: my first Monarch of the year. On Blazing Star (Liatris spicata).

Butterflies Galore

Over the weekend, I lost count of the number of species of butterflies I saw, most of them for the first time this year. This included a Monarch (predictably scouting out Milkweeds), so that’s a good start. Vanessa virginiensisAmerican Ladies (Vanessa virginiensis), like the one above in Green-Wood, and Red Admirals were all over.Papilio glaucusThere were at least two swallowtail species as well. This is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), seen in Prospect Park. Epargyreus clarusSilver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) at Marine Park.


Bookmark and Share

Join 372 other followers


  • Ladies and gentlegerms, the oven is working. After months of gas, electrical, & gremlin chaos, and a LOT of salads, we're cooking w/gas! 26 minutes ago
Nature Blog Network



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 372 other followers