Warning! Viewing these photos could make you earnestly long for spring and strike out for early season butterflying. Sane people do not look for butterflies in winter coat weather. Now that we have established a definition of sane, we know that my friends and I fall through that crack.
|Henry's Elfin, Callophrys henrici|
We do know it is one of our earliest butterflies, it is no bigger than a dime, and tends to be southern in Ohio. It is common, locally. Which means you can see numerous Henry's, if you find one. You should look for them where you find naturally occurring stands of Eastern Redbud.
|The bud on Eastern Redbud|
|Male Falcate Orange-tip, Anthocharis midea|
This early spring emergent is a feast for the eyes, at least the boldly marked males are.
|Female Falcate Organe-tip|
|Mated Falcate Orange-tips, Male left, female right|
Both male and female have the mottled underwing, but you will rarely see it. In fact, this is the only time I have photographed the underwing. It is difficult, if not down right impossible to get decent photographs of this hyper-active species. The cold weather worked in our favor; these poor butterflies were moving in slow motion due to the chilly temps.
It is a rarity to find butterfly seekers in cold weather gear, but here we are: the Ohio Lepidopterists' sub-group called B.O.G. (Butterfly Observers Group.) We watch, photograph, document and celebrate butterflies.
But we never, never pin. Wishing you a great day in the field, even when you have to wear a jacket!