Fitzgerald Lake Butterflies!

An endangered Dion Skipper
An endangered Dion Skipper

I celebrated a beautiful morning on the 4th of July at Fitzgerald Lake with Butterfly Club of Western Massachusetts.  Led by Tom and Bill, we went out looking for the Dion Skipper, an endangered butterfly here in Massachusetts.  It can be found on marsh milkweed, especially on the dam.  Success, we found a beautiful specimen hanging out right where they thought it would be.  But along the way, we saw an Appalachian brown, great spangled fritillaries, a monarch butterfly and a caterpillar, and a silver spotted skipper.  As we were leaving, a red admiral showed up on the parking lot to add to the fireworks of the morning!  Remember, if you click on a picture it will expand it:

The group at the dam.
The group at the dam.
The appalachian brown
The appalachian brown
A monarch caterpillar
A monarch caterpillar
A female monarch
A female monarch
a silver spotted skipper
a silver spotted skipper
Another picture of a dion skipper
Another picture of a dion skipper
A great spangled fritillary
A great spangled fritillary
two frits side by side!
two frits side by side!
A red admiral guarding the parking lot...
A red admiral guarding the parking lot…
A splash of fireworks to end the hike!  Thanks Tom and Bill!
A splash of fireworks to end the hike! Thanks Tom and Bill!

 

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