Hi once again everyone! I hope you are enjoying your Saturday.
Today we have another butterfly to share, this one is the “Macoun’s Arctic” butterfly. And this is the winter form for this butterfly. There is also a summer form and the color is a bit different. This picture was taken in the spring after this one came out of hibernation, so it was still the winter form which comes out in the fall, then it hibernates over winter. It is one of those butterflies that sits with its wings closed so its orange coloring only shows nicely when it is flying. It likes open clearings, open pine forests (especially jack pine), trails, roadsides and rocky ridges. This is a biennial butterfly, which means, in our area, they show up on even numbered years only. So we will not see them again until 2024. Well, have a wonderful weekend everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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