Meadow Fritillary (Boloria bellona). I just found a second hand copy of Butterflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Butterflies in the Boston-New York-Washington Region by Jeffery Glassberg and used it to identify this one. The fritillaries can be rather similar to each other.Here, for instance, is a Varigated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia), which on second thought isn’t all that similar at all…

I was pleased to see that Glassberg’s book had many photographs taken in Westchester Co., NY, where both the first and third butterflies pictured today were spotted.This one is a little harder to pin down. In our parts, the Satyrodes genus includes the Eyed Brown and Appalachian Brown. The differences are subtle, but I think this is the Appalachian Brown (S. appalachia). Took this photo with a flash because of the darkness of the woods.

Both of the Meadow and the Brown were firsts for me. It’s always a thrill to discover something you’ve never seen before.

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