The first day we walked was April 17. The day was warm enough (80 degrees at 2 PM) but the butterflies must have been napping. We listed flowers instead. The bluebells were in full bloom and we saw hundreds, maybe thousands of spring beauties.
On April 24, Tom and I went to a play so we missed the walk. I wished I could be in two places at once. It was a beautiful day for butterflies. The butterflies recorded were 2 Cabbage Whites, 2 Eastern Commas, Henry's Elfin, Pearl Crescent, 3 Question Marks, 5 Red Admirals, and a Tiger Swallowtail.
Jackie Watkins was the photographer of the day.
Henry's Elfins primarily host on Redbuds (Cercis canadensis) when they are in bloom.
There are eight Duskywings found in Ohio. All of them have somewhat similar markings. It usually takes an expert to positively identify them.
The Question Mark is one of the Anglewings which have irregular wing edges. It has a silver dot and curved line on the underside of the hind wing which looks a bit like a ?. This is one of the species that can be found feeding on rotting fruit, dung, and carrion as well as sap.
This is another species that frequently visits sap flows, dung, and fermenting fruit.