After the rain comes the sun

After 4 weeks of poor weather (including pouring rain and temperatures as low as 4 decrees Celsius right before Midsummer) the sun woke up again. Initially I hit the greenery to search for caterpillars of the Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa). However, seeing all the butterflies flying around I completely lost focus.

Here’s some of the shots I got. It was lots of Fritillaries and Blues and I’m not good in identifying all those species. Forgive me if I’m wrong on some of my definitions, or if I just leave the species open.

Walk in the drizzle

Most butterflies need sunshine for getting active. On cloudy days they seek shelter from rain and predators. Nevertheless, these days provide a whole new challenge to the butterfly watcher.

Especially if you have kids a cloudy day is no reason to stay in. It’s rather a good reason to head out into nature to make some sightings you’ll be proud of.

If you are searching for caterpillars, pupas or even eggs weather doesn’t play that much of a role anyways. In fact, many caterpillar may be more active on a cloudy day or simply doesn’t care about the weather conditions at all. And well, pupas and eggs don’t have much of a choice anyway.

Taking a look back at early summer 2013 I was out with Sienna for a walk in the refreshing drizzle. That day we got lucky as we spotted a Pine Hawk-moth (Sphinx pinastri) resting on a pine next to the trail. Another, easier sighting was a Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) resting on nettles, which I usually check for caterpillars.

Give it a try…

Resting butterflies, once spotted, will be easy objects to be photographed or just to take a close view. Take your time with the camera, or give your kids a very special lesson on nature’s creatures.

Source: The Butterfly Playbook

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