Sighting for July 30, 2017

Venice Kelly

CR 103- dirt road 4 miles north of nederland
Boulder County, CO

mostly we walked along the dirt road. there are little side meadows that we walked through as well. there were many painted ladies and small wood nymphs but only singles of most species. we had sun most of the time, and it was 68F. big thunder heads sent the butterflies down and us home.
last august i found a two tailed swallowtail caterpillar in a meadow on this road. i raised the butterfly, overwintering the chrysalis. i released him in that meadow a few weeks back. today we saw, in that exact meadow, a male two tailed swallowtail. i like to think that this was the one i released.

  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Two-tailed Swallowtail 1
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 1
  • Queen Alexandra's Sulphur 4
  • Thicket Hairstreak 1
  • Reakirt's Blue 1
  • Dotted Blue 2
  • Boisduval's Blue 1
  • Arachne Checkerspot 1
  • Painted Lady 30+
  • Weidemeyer's Admiral 1
  • Small Wood-Nymph 20+
  • Persius Duskywing 1

Reakirt's Blue

Two-tailed Swallowtail

Painted Lady, Two-tailed Swallowtail

Weidemeyer's Admiral