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Yesterday we made, what has become, our annual visit to Frontenac State Park. Several years ago we were hiking in the park and encountered an amazing number of Monarch Butterflies.

Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies

Now every year in the fall we make the trip the first week in September searching for butterflies. Last year the monarch numbers were down but we found a large number of swallowtails.

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

This year there were no swallowtails, a few fritillaries, and a few monarchs.

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

 

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The one of the few late summer flowers in my prairie is the Canada Goldenrod. It is reaching its full bloom now. Because it is one of the few flowers blooming at this time of year it is the food source for a large number of critters. Yesterday I walked through the prairie and noticed over fifteen different types of bees, bugs and  butterflies. It seems to be the primary food source for the Monarch Butterflies as they get ready to leave for Mexico. I’m a little concerned that the Monarchs are a little late in hatching this year and the Goldenrod is already in full bloom. Here are some of the critters I found in my goldenrod patch this week.

Monarch Butterflies

Great Spangled Fritillary

Red Admiral

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Sulphur

Honey Bee

Fly

Eastern Yellowjacket

Daddy Longlegs

Bumble Bee

During the past few weeks I’ve seen an amazing number of butterflies in my small prairie. Normally this time of year I’ll see a few but butterflies but every day for the past several weeks I’ve been seeing large numbers of Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Giant Swallowtails and Red-spotted Purple Admirals. The first batch of summer Monarchs hatched a few weeks ago and they have been very active in large numbers around the farm.

I’ve also been seeing a few Black Swallowtails, Fritillaries, Little Wood-Satyrs,  Northern-Pearly-eyes, Silver-spotted Skippers and Black Swallowtails.

Normally it is difficult to get photos of them this time of year but that hasn’t been a problem this year. Almost all of the butterflies are feeding on the Wild Bergamot that abounds on the farm.

In addition to the large number of butterflies I’ve been seeing a large number of Clearwing Hummingbird Moths around the farm. I’ve been photographing in the same area for six years now and this is the first year I’ve seen Hummingbird Moths.

You can find more butterfly photos on my website.

Giant Swallowtail

Monarch Butterfly

Eastern tiger Swallowtail

Red-spotted Purple

Northern Pearly-eye

Silver-spotted Skipper

Little Wood Satyr

Fritillary

Black Swallowtail

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth