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The weather has been very humid so I haven’t done much hiking on the Red Cedar State Trail this summer. This past week I went out several times and encountered a large number and variety of butterflies. This was the most butterflies I’ve ever seen on the trail. This seems to be a great year for butterflies. I’ve seen more of them this year than ever before.

Red Spotted Purple Admiral

Northern Crescent

Monarch Butterfly

Giant Swallowtail

Eastern tiger Swallowtail

Sulphur

More photos on my website.

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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, ┬áNorthern-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