Today we visited another prairie of sorts, in Wyandot County. Killdeer Plains is part of the Sandusky Plains, which once encompassed much of the Marion and Upper Sandusky regions.
|Dainty Sulphur, Nathalis iole|
But today we were after butterflies! Rare butterflies that are smaller than a dime, a southern species rarely seen in Ohio. This year the Dainty Sulphurs are having a boom in their population. One or two were seen a month ago, and now we have 20 or more flitting about the parking lot at the Sportsmen's Center.
|Carpetweed, Mollugo verticillata|
|Dainty Sulpurs in tandem|
Our Dainty Sulphurs were there all right. And they were doing what Dainty little boy and girl butterflies do. They will soon be laying eggs in the Carpetweed, but it is doubtful they will "winter" through. These species are southern beasties, after all. We probably won't see them in Ohio until we have another record warm year- like next year perhaps?