Butterfly sighting

May 2 2012

Tod Highsmith

Location: Rocky Run State Fisheries Area and Morse Rd.
Columbia County

With the all the speed demon Red Admirals whipping around, my first Giant Swallowtail of the year looked as graceful as an egret in flight. A bunch of Red Admirals were nectaring on what I believe is Russian Olive. The crescent in the photos likely got bonked by a car. Also saw 10+ Common Baskettails, lots of Green Darners and two Dot-tailed Whiteface dragonflies. And the Blanding's Turtle and Northern Water Snake were nice, too.

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Blanding's Turtle

Blanding's Turtle

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Northern Water Snake

Northern Water Snake