As predicted, spring 2012 may go down in the records as the butterflying-est year in history.
Question Mark, this one is from Point Pelee. Note the beautiful purplish margin on the edge of the wing. This early butterfly is no surprise, as Question Marks and Commas can winter over on mild years. There was also a large number of them reported as emigrants this year as well.
Juniper (or Olive) Hairstreak, an early butterfly from Adams County. We saw more of these in a day than I have previously seen in a lifetime. Butterflies (and butterfliers) are having a very good year!
A well worm Red-banded hairstreak. This one was seen during Flora-Quest.
|Midges, family Chironomidae|
Never underestimate the importance of insects. If you like birds, or other forms of fauna- such as mammals, realize that insects are a critical part of the food chain. Without them, we would forever have "silent springs".