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May 5, 2012 / Rae Spencer

The Butterfly Migration Slows

The red admiral flood has slowed to a trickle. Last night there were only three or four on the fence, and daytime traffic is markedly reduced. While earlier waves seldom stopped in the yard before sunset, today’s travelers seem slow and tired. And hungry.

Yesterday also saw a decrease in the number of question mark butterflies. (See the question mark on its wing? That’s how you tell it from a comma…)

As the migration dwindles, painted lady butterflies increase, though I expect their numbers will never rival this week’s surge of red admirals and question marks.

Finally, in case anyone is tired of butterflies, here’s a Yellow-rumped Warbler enjoying a quick bath…

6 Comments

  1. selah / May 5 2012 6:52 PM

    never tired of butterflies, but I love bird photos also 🙂

    • Rae Spencer / May 5 2012 8:15 PM

      🙂 We’re running out of butterflies here, but not birds!

  2. withoutaudacity / May 6 2012 10:33 PM

    I liked seeing all the beautiful butterflies – not much to report here in Seattle. I did see some kind of butterfly on Saturday but mostly just see those lawn moths right now.

    • Rae Spencer / May 7 2012 10:24 AM

      Yesterday they were completely gone here. I’m hoping for another wave of them, once it warms up again, but for now the yard is all moths. I wonder if any of the migration paths run through Seattle? Maybe it just takes a while longer, for them to get there?

  3. bardessdmdenton / May 8 2012 1:49 PM

    Just dazzled by and relaxing with ‘your’ butterflies and warbler as I sit here at my desk at work (don’t tell my boss…)…!

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