Autumnal Equinox Today



The autumn equinox occurred at 4:44 this afternoon, EDT, giving us 12 hours of daylight and 12 of dark as the sun crossed the celestial equator. Summer ended. Autumn began. Here are pictures of some of the last of summer’s butterflies (and one lovely moth) taken in my Brooklyn neighborhood during the last few weeks.

Cabbage White, .

Buckeye, Junonia coenia.

Sachem, a , Atalopedes campestris.

Ailanthus webworm moth, Atteva aurea.

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A haiku written by the Japanese poetKobayashiIssa in1814:

“Are you awarethat autumn has dawned? meadow butterfly”

Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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