Monday, July 15, 2013
Butterfly Count at Springbrook
29 people participated, so lots of eyes were looking with nets at the ready.
This American Lady butterfly was one of 17 species we spotted. Over 20 years the number of species has ranged from 10 to 24 so this year was right in the middle for the number of kinds of butterflies seen.
So the drought last year, the late, wet, cold spring this year, and other factors have combined to make it a rough year for butterfly survival.
So the butterflies kept their wings closed, making it harder to see them, since the bright colors are mostly on the inside surface of the wings.
The books say these butterflies do not overwinter here, but migrate up here from the south in the summer. But we have seen them every year for the last three years in the south prairie, making me wonder if they are not somehow here all year now.
I'll try to go out on a sunny day and see if I can photograph some butterflies with their wings open. Then I can post some bright colors instead of these subdued butterflies here.