Thursday, 31 May 2012

Pipevine Swallowtails and Little Yellows

While all of Ontario seemed to get hit with the Red Admiral invasion this spring, it seemed like only Point Pelee and extreme southwestern Ontario was having all the fun with rare sulphurs and other migrants from the south. Well, Norfolk County has finally got some interesting migrants as well. Pipevine Swallowtails have really shown up in large numbers this week at Long Point, as well as further inland. This is probably the largest immigration of this species ever! On the 30th, at L.P.P.P., there were at least a half dozen all in view at once nectaring on Hoary Puccoon. Equally exciting was coming across two separate Little Sulphurs. While Pelee has already gotten a bunch of these this year, this is the first I've had this year, and a butterfly I encounter much less frequently than the pipevines. Also at Long Point I saw my first of the year Common Buckeye (1), and Variegated Fritillary (1).

 Pipevine Swallowtails nectaring on Hoary Puccoon.

 This Pipevine Swallowtail was one of several seen on the 31st laying eggs on Dutchman's Pipe at South Coast Gardens on Front Rd. near Turkey Point.

 Little Yellow sulphurs were easy to spot despite their small size.

At a site further inland I had my first of year Northern Cloudywing (1) on the 30th.

First of year Long Dash Skipper at a South Walsingham roadside with wings closed (above) and open (below)

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