An Edwards' HS with a bulging abdomen. I don't know how else to tell the sexes apart, but I'd guess this is a female full of eggs. I followed it for a while, but did not see it lay any eggs.
I got a great look at a Pine Warbler singing atop a pine while I was in a bucket truck on the summit looking for Oak Hairstreak butterflies.
The Edwards' HS have quickly become the most commonly encountered Satyrium butterfly on Great Blue Hill.
I found two Banded HS early this morning while everything was still very wet with dew. They were perched on higher trees and plants near the summit
I've never seen one of these before. It came out of a pipe behind the small utility building at the top of the main slope. It came slinking through the grass on what I assume is it's usual morning stroll, but it was not expecting to see something like me standing in it's way so early in the morning (7:30AM).
Found by tapping scrub oak near the chair lift. One Oak HS found among many (>5) Edwards HS and Banded HS (~3). Butterfly gave typical hairsteak "false head" display as it walked about leaves after being scared up. Found at 9:30AM
Found near the chairlift at the summit by tapping scrub oak. At least 3 other Banded HS
The thistle near the weather observatory is just barely beginning to bloom. This patch of purple flowers is a popular nectaring place among the butterfly fauna of Great Blue Hill. During the peak of its bloom, excited butterfly watchers sometimes outnumber butterflies. Sadly, this patch is currently being choked out by Black Swallow-wort. If you visit the area, please pluck a few of the dastardly invasives.
Found near the chairlift at the summit by tapping scrub oak. There were at least 3 other Edwards' HS
nectaring at dogbane
Milkweed is in bloom!
I'm seeing more of these ugly, clumped, webby nests in the scrub oak everyday. The "Uglynest caterpillar" couldn't be a more apt common name.
The most abundant lep on the hill right now.
This plant is growing all over the understory and open areas of the reservation. If you take the time to look, the small yellow flowers that sit over the leaves are quite beautiful.
Found under a board at the base of the slope.
This is the house plant to a beautiful and very conspicuous caterpillar, Lepipolys perscripta. I check it whenever I see it.
eating milkweed at the bottom of the slope