Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Butterflies Photographed in NL - Quick Image Reference

 I created this summary page of images of butterflies I have photographed on the Avalon Peninsula, NL. When first learning the butterflies, I found it difficult to find any easily-accessible images for me to compare my photos. As a result, I created the page Butterflies of NL in this blog. However, if you don't know what you are looking for, it is necessary to open a lot of unnecessary pages during the search.
 To remedy that, I have provided a sample of each species I have seen here. Further detail of these species can be found by following the links on the Butterfly Page.

First two images: American Lady
I included two images of this species because it is so similar to the Painted Lady seen below. This species is more uncommon than the Painted Lady and is easy to overlook in the field due to the similarities.
 Atlantis Frtillary 

This butterfly is not often seen. The one place on the Avalon where it is most likely to appear is Chance Cove Provincial Park. However, I photographed this on off Blackhead Road near Cape Spear. It is the first one I have seen in this area.
 Bog Copper

A common, small butterfly found near bogs as its name implies.
 Cabbage White

Frequently seen around the Avalon. Not easy to photograph as it remains in constant motion, as do many of the species.
 Clouded Sulphur

Seen frequently in Goulds.
 Common Ringlet

This is another quite small butterfly. I have seen them regularly throughout the season.
 Compton Tortoiseshell

This butterfly was a surprise addition to my collection this year. It is the first I have seen. I could not find any other reported record of one in the province.
 European Skipper

Easy to see and easy to photograph. this species is seen all around. One good spot is on the grounds of Cape Spear.
 Green Comma

This is the most common angle wing found on the Avalon. I look closely when I see this butterfly as I am always on the lookout for a Question Mark or Gray Comma. So far, I have seen neither of these.
 Milbert's Tortoiseshell

I have seen this species frequently on the Avalon. Typically, find the flowers and find the butterflies.
 Monarch Butterfly

No common to the province, it is always exciting to see a Monarch. This cluster is part of a Monarch event that occurred in the province several years ago. The are more often seen on the southern Avalon.
 Mourning Cloak

This species seems to be more prevalent in Central NL than the Avalon, but they are easily seen later in the season.
 Northern Blue

I have only seen this species at Cape Spear.  Numerous species thrive in that area. It makes for a good day of photography.
 Painted Lady

As mentioned above, I have included two images of this species to show the clear difference between the similar species American Lady.

 Pink-edged Sulphur

The sulphur butterflies are a bit of a challenge to identify. The similarities are many.
 Red Admiral

Easily seen all around the Avalon.
 Short-tailed Swallowtail

I have not seen many of this species. This image was taken this year in Bay Bulls when I stopped to check for birds. It was laying eggs, so it might be a good place to check in the future.
 Spring Azure

This species is extremely plentiful. They are very small and very difficult to photograph with spread wings.
 Tiger Swallowtail

Always a garden favorite. Easily found across the Avalon.
White Admiral

This is one of the nicest butterflies. Frequently found around the Avalon.

Note: I have images of what I think might be an Orange Sulfur linked on the main Butterflies Page. However, I must say I am not sure of the ID on that one.

Happy Hunting!

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