Colonel Devin Butterflies
Even though we ended up spotting 21 species of Butterflies, our return trip to Colonel Devin was a little disappointing. Wildflowers were still few and far between; it was windy and the butterflies rarely stopped moving.
Here’s what we saw: Red Admiral, Red Spotted Purple, Black Swallowtail, Two-Tailed Swallowtail, Silver Spotted Skipper, Golden Banded Skipper, Bramble Hairstreak, Acmon Blue, Melissa Blue, Spring Azure, Common Checkered Skipper, Common Buckeye, Southern Dogface, Mylitta Crescent, Dainty Sulphur, Zela Metalmark, Northwestern Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary, Queen Alexander Sulphur, California Tortoiseshell , Northern Duskywing
Much as I hate to admit it, the conditions made me wish I had my SLR that day! On windy days when plants and butterflies are swaying back and forth, you really need to be able to focus manually. I really LOVE the Canon SX50 BUT it’s almost impossible to lock focus on a tiny subject against a busy background. Next time, I’ve decided to bring along my Canon 180mm macro (next week!). It will probably only be good for butterflies that are fairly close but that actually was the case with many of the butterflies this past trip. I’m going to try my best not to curse the weight of the camera and lens while hiking 🙂
CLICK HERE for a slideshow of images but here are a few of my favorites: