Tired of grey February skies? Here’s a nice butterfly from warmer and brighter times last year. It’s an American Lady, Vanessa virginiensis. Its upper side is black and orange with white spots and a touch of purple in some of the spots on the hind wing.
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. […]