A pair of Baltimore Checkerspots (Euphydryas phaeton) on a warm, humid day in early summer:


Checkerspots and goldenrod in the sun

Photo by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.


5 thoughts on “Checkerspots!

    • Hit ’em over the head with my walking stick :). Actually, the cooler days and preoccupation with mating help. In most cases though, the key is a willingness to make a complete fool of yourself stumbling around in the weeds and brush. There is a live butterfly exhibit at the NY Sate Fair with hundreds of butterflies, flowers and a cotton swab/sugar solution bait — never been, but sounds like a blast for kids … and adults who are still in the kid stage.

    • Thanks Liz. I’ve always been fascinated with butterflies and their life cycles, even more so once I had the gear to photograph them and they made their way into the mainstream vocabulary as “non-game wildlife”. The mating checkerspots went on tour – a local calendar, the National Parks Conservation magazine, etc. – a satisfying outcome for me in terms of providing support for the conservation of Lepidoptera.

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