A Walk on the Wild Side… well maybe not so wild but pretty cool!

IMG_9510 groupI had the great pleasure of going out on another butterfly walk with the great butterfliers, Tom Gagnon and Bill Bonner.  We visited the Northampton Community Gardens on Burt’s Pitt Road.  Wow, what a day.  Tom and Bill led a fantastic walk through the Gardens, sponsored by the Massachusetts Butterfly Club.   Take a look (click on any picture to enlarge):

This fiery skipper was spectacular!
This fiery skipper was spectacular!
I think I'm in love! This buckeye just stole my heart!
I think I’m in love! This buckeye just stole my heart!
This variegated fritillary caught everyone by suprise. Look at it posing for the camera...
This variegated fritillary caught everyone by suprise. Look at it posing for the camera…
This painted lady was showing off.
This painted lady was showing off.
Wow!
Wow!
We found a glob of bird poop. Nope, this is the caterpillar for the giant swallowtail.
We found a glob of bird poop. Nope, this is the caterpillar for the giant swallowtail.
This one has its osmateria out. It emits a very smelly odor to deter predators.
This one has its osmateria out. It emits a very smelly odor to deter predators.
They then go into a chrysalis until spring...
They then go into a chrysalis until spring…
And with one of the most incredible miracles in nature, emerges as a beautiful butterfly.
And with one of the most incredible miracles in nature, emerges as a beautiful butterfly.

giant swallowtail from above

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