Phil took this photo of the Red-spotted Purple on Brukner's welcome mat.
Red-Spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax) Wingspan 3.0-4.0 inches (7.6-10.2 cm)
Hackberry Butterflies often land on people, on their clothes or their arms or legs. This one landed on Jim's shoe.
Hackberry Butterfly (asterocampa celtis) Wingspan 2.0-2.6 inches (5.1-6.6 cm)
As we headed toward the back of the Interpretative Center, I stopped to photograph the reddening seedpods of the Jack-in-the-Pulpits. These are all female plants. Male or gender-neutral "Jacks" do not produce seedpods.
At the back of the building, Ruth made an exciting discovery on the spicebush.
Spicebush Swallowtail larva (Papilio troilus) Wingspan of adult 3.5-5.0 inches (8.9-12-7 cm)
This is the very young caterpillar of the Spicebush Butterfly. It is camouflaged by looking like a bird dropping. It also curls the edge of a leaf around itself for further protection. After a number of molts, it will look like this.
Phil took this excellent photo of an Eastern Comma with its distinctive silver comma displayed.
Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma) Wingspan 2.0-2-4 inches (5.1-6.1 cm)
Down by Cattail Pond, we saw a few butterflies and also other wild creatures.
Eastern Painted turtles.
Inside the woods, we found a Tiger Swallowtail which seemed to be newly emerged. It was still wrinkly, its wings not quite completely unfurled.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Wingspan 3.5-5.5 inches (8.9-14.0 cm)
Along the drive among the prairie flowers and grasses planted by Pheasants Forever, a conservation group, we saw Orange Sulphurs.
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) Wingspan 1.6-2.4 inches (4.1-6.1 cm)
In the planted butterfly garden, a Silvery Checkerspot paused. Do you see the single white spot on each hind wing that distinguishes this butterfly from the Pearl Crescent?
Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis) Wingspan 1.4-2.0 inches (3.6-5.1 cm)
And, always, an unidentified skipper.