I looked through the statistical results from 2016 this morning. July is usually a good month for butterflies so maybe next week we will see more.
We walked on July 9. Ruth thought she saw an American Snout butterfly while she was waiting for the group to gather but we didn't see one on the walk. When we don't see many butterflies we entertain ourselves by paying attention to other plants and animals.
Ruth found Monarch eggs on the Milkweed plants near the Interpretive Center so we know Monarchs have been around. We found chewed leaves but no caterpillars.
Ruth found this as we headed toward the meadow...a crab spider with lunch.
We were almost in luck when we walked through the meadow. I say "almost in luck" because we saw two dark swallowtails...one flying on our left and the other on our right. Jim said he thought he got a photo of one of them. When Ruth sends us a note about the next walk, she will let us know if she was able to determine the species. We could have been seeing a Spicebush Swallowtail, a Pipevine Swallowtail or the dark female morph of the Tiger Swallowtail.
The butterflies, the few we saw, were not sitting but I found this...