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PHOTOS OF 75 SPECIES OF OTTAWA BUTTERFLIES

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Note:    Butterflies are remarkably like birds. They fly and many are quite beautiful, and since they often catch the keen birder's eye, it is not surprising that many birders also study butterflies at one time or another. There are useful field guides to butterflies, such as the Peterson Field Guides Eastern Butterflies by Paul A. Opler and Vichai Malikul, 1992. Butterflies through Binoculars, The East by Jeffrey Glassberg attempts to allow the study of butterflies without the collection of same. Much as birders have largely replaced the gun with binocs and cameras; this guide leans toward replacing the net with binocs and cameras for butterfly study. Some species, however, are still difficult to identify except in the hand. Butterflying can be great fun, especially in the heat of the day when most birds are quiet.
There are several resources for local butterfly study. High on that list are the Checklist of the Butterflies of the Ottawa District (1996) and The Butterflies of Canada (1998), both by Peter Hall, Ross Layberry & Don Lafontaine. The 3-fold card checklist contains a list of the 87 species occurring locally. It also has a flight chart showing the relative abundance over the April to October time period, in approximately 5 day intervals, for each of the 80 most common species. The splendidly illustrated book covers nearly 300 species found in Canada, and is the first comprehensive guide to the entire nation. Another indispensible tool for local butterfliers is the special butterfly issue of the OFNC's Trail and Landscape, Vol. 16, No. 1, 1982. This issue may still be available at the Flecher Wildlife Garden or through the club itself. On the web check out the Butterflies of Canada site which has great species accounts and specimen photos of Canadian species. Also check out the North American Butterflies and Moths site which has good information and a checklist database, mostly for the USA though.
An excellent local photo site is Rick Cavasin's Butterflies of Ottawa. Another fine local butterfly photo site is at Gillian Mastromatteo's PBase Galleries.
On the page below, rare, local and accidental species are marked R, L and A respectively. (Photos below by Larry Neily, some taken outside the Ottawa area, but of species found here.)
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Silver-spotted Skipper
Silver-spotted Skipper
(Epargyreus clarus)
Bay Road, West Haven, VT
June 18, 2006
Northern Cloudywing
Northern Cloudywing
(Thorybes pylades)
Marathon Trail System
June 21, 1992
Northern Cloudywing
Northern Cloudywing
(Thorybes pylades)
Indian Creek Road N, Larose Forest
June 12, 2008
Dreamy Duskywing f
Dreamy Duskywing f
(Erynnis icelus)
Indian Creek Road N, Larose Forest
June 12, 2008

Dreamy Duskywing m
Dreamy Duskywing m
(Erynnis icelus)
Constance Bay (off Bishop Davis Drive)
April 30, 2010
Juvenal's Duskywing f
Juvenal's Duskywing f
(Erynnis juvenalis)
Constance Bay (Whistler Road)
April 30, 2010
Columbine Duskywing
Columbine Duskywing
(Erynnis lucilius)
Burnt Lands - Ramsey Concession 12 North
August 2, 2010
Arctic Skipper
Arctic Skipper
(Carterocephalus palaemon)
Carp Ridge on Thomas Dolan Parkway
June 5, 2011

Arctic Skipper
Arctic Skipper
(Carterocephalus palaemon)
Champlain Lookout Trails, Gatineau Park
June 11, 2011
European Skipper
European Skipper
(Thymelicus lineola)
Pine Grove Park (Conroy Pit)
June 18, 1992
Fiery Skipper m
Fiery Skipper m
(Hylephila phyleus)
Central Experimental Farm
August 17, 2012
Fiery Skipper m
Fiery Skipper m
(Hylephila phyleus)
Central Experimental Farm
August 17, 2012

Fiery Skipper m
Fiery Skipper m
(Hylephila phyleus)
Central Experimental Farm
August 17, 2012
Peck's Skipper
Peck's Skipper
(Polites peckius)
Coburn Gore, ME
July 29, 2007
Tawny-edged Skipper
Tawny-edged Skipper
(Polites themistocles)
Richmond Road Trails
June 17, 2011
Leonard's Skipper
Leonard's Skipper
(Hesperia sassacus)
Timm and Haanel Roads
August 15, 1992

Indian Skipper
Indian Skipper
(Hesperia leonardus)
Carp Ridge on Thomas Dolan Parkway
June 5, 2011
Long Dash Skipper m
Long Dash Skipper m
(Polites mystic)
Marathon Trail System
June 21, 1992
Long Dash Skipper f
Long Dash Skipper f
(Polites mystic)
Just South of Remic Rapids
June 27, 2008
Long Dash Skipper
Long Dash Skipper
(Polites mystic)
Richmond Road Trails
June 17, 2011

Northern Broken Dash
Northern Broken Dash
(Carterocephalus palaemon)
Nine Mile Road
July 10, 2011
Delaware Skipper
Delaware Skipper
(Anatrytone logan)
Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Road, Larose Forest
July 10, 2011
Mulberry Wing
Mulberry Wing - R,L
(Poanes massasoit)
Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Road, Larose Forest
July 10, 2011
Hobomok Skipper (male)
Hobomok Skipper (male)
(Poanes hobomok)
Champlain Lookout Trails, Gatineau Park
June 11, 2011

Hobomok Skipper (male)
Hobomok Skipper (male)
(Poanes hobomok)
Indian Creek Road N, Larose Forest
June 12, 2008
Hobomok Skipper (female)
Hobomok Skipper (female)
(Poanes hobomok)
Huntley Meadows Park, VA
July 3, 2007
Hobomok Skipper ('pocohontas' form)
Hobomok Skipper ('pocohontas' form)
(Poanes hobomok)
Marathon Trail System
June 21, 1992
Dion Skipper f
Dion Skipper f - R,L
(Euphyes dion)
Roberston Road
August 2, 1992

Dion Skipper m
Dion Skipper m - R,L
(Euphyes dion)
Roberston Road
August 2, 1992
Dun Skipper f
Dun Skipper f
(Euphyes vestris)
Huntley Meadows Park, VA
July 3, 2007
Dun Skipper
Dun Skipper m
(Euphyes vestris)
Coburn Gore, ME
July 29, 2007
Dun Skipper
Dun Skipper m
(Euphyes vestris)
Bouvier & Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Roads, Larose Forest
July 29, 2007

Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
(Papilio polyxenes)
Just South of Remic Rapids
July 14, 2011
Black Swallowtail worn
Black Swallowtail worn
(Papilio polyxenes)
Crestview Greenspace
Aug. 23, 2006
Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
(Papilio canadensis)
Champlain Lookout Trails, Gatineau Park
June 11, 2011
Mustard White - spring
Mustard White - spring
(Pieris oleracea)
Champlain Lookout Trails, Gatineau Park
June 11, 2011

Mustard White - summer
Mustard White - summer
(Pieris oleracea)
Mountain Provincial Wildlife Area
July 2, 2004
Cabbage White
Cabbage White
(Pieris rapae)
West Springfield, VA
Oct. 11, 2009
Olympia Marble
Olympia Marble
(Euchloe olympia)
Constance Bay (Spinnaker Way and Whistler Road)
April 24, 2010
Olympia Marble
Olympia Marble
(Euchloe olympia)
Constance Bay (Spinnaker Way and Whistler Road)
April 24, 2010

Olympia Marble
Olympia Marble
(Euchloe olympia)
Constance Bay (off Bishop Davis Drive)
April 30, 2010
Clouded Sulphur
Clouded Sulphur
(Colias philodice)
Nicholls Island
July 31, 2010
Orange Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
(Colias eurytheme)
Woodbridge, VA
July 4, 2007
American Copper
American Copper
(Lycaena phlaeas)
Silk Farm Audubon, Concord, NH
October 3, 1992

American Copper
American Copper
(Lycaena phlaeas)
Tremont, N.S.
September 3, 1991
Bronze Copper
Bronze Copper
(Lycaena hyllus)
Embrun Sewage Lagoons
August 10, 1991
Bog Copper m
Bog Copper m
(Lycaena epixanthe)
Mer Bleue Boardwalk
July 9, 2011
Bog Copper f
Bog Copper f
(Lycaena epixanthe)
Mer Bleue Boardwalk
July 9, 2011

Acadian Hairstreak
Acadian Hairstreak
(Satyrium acadicum)
Marathon Trail System
July 11, 1992
Acadian Hairstreak
Acadian Hairstreak
(Satyrium acadicum)
Marathon Trail System
July 11, 1992
Coral Hairstreak
Coral Hairstreak
(Satyrium titus)
Marathon Trail System
July 11, 1992
Coral Hairstreak
Coral Hairstreak
(Satyrium titus)
Marathon Trail System
July 11, 1992

Banded Hairstreak
Banded Hairstreak
(Satyrium calanus)
Just South of Remic Rapids
June 27, 2008
Eastern Pine Elfin
Eastern Pine Elfin
(Callophrys niphon)
Constance Bay (Whistler Road)
April 30, 2010
Brown Elfin
Brown Elfin - worn
(Callophrys augustinus)
Monty's Bog, W of Masham,QC
June 18, 2011
Hoary Elfin
Hoary Elfin
(Callophrys polia)
Golden Line Road, E of Almonte,ON
May 2, 2010

Hoary Elfin
Hoary Elfin
(Callophrys polia)
Golden Line Road, E of Almonte,ON
May 2, 2010
Henry's Elfin
Henry's Elfin - L
(Callophrys henrici)
Carp Ridge on Thomas Dolan Parkway
May 8, 1993
Eastern Tailed Blue f - R
Eastern Tailed Blue f - R
(Everes comyntas)
Occoquan Bay NWR, VA
October 9, 2007
Eastern Tailed Blue - R
Eastern Tailed Blue - R
(Everes comyntas)
Woodbridge, VA
July 4, 2007

Spring Azure (lucia form)
Spring Azure (lucia form)
(Celastrina ladon)
Constance Bay (Whistler Road)
April 30, 2010
Spring Azure (lucia form)
Spring Azure (lucia form)
(Celastrina ladon)
Britannia Conservation Area
April 26, 1992
Summer Azure
Summer Azure
(Celastrina neglecta)
Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Road, Larose Forest
July 10, 2011
Silvery Blue
Silvery Blue
(Glaucopsyche lygdamus)
Ottawa West
June 2, 2011

Silvery Blue - m
Silvery Blue - m
(Glaucopsyche lygdamus)
Indian Creek Road N, Larose Forest
June 12, 2008
American Snout - A
American Snout - A
(Libytheana bachmanii)
Dudleyville, AZ
December 30, 2011
Variegated Fritillary - A
Variegated Fritillary - A
(Euptoieta claudia)
Occoquan Bay NWR, VA
October 13, 2007
Great Spangled Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
(Speyeria cybele)
Bouvier & Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Roads, Larose Forest
July 29, 2007

Great Spangled Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
(Speyeria cybele)
Bouvier & Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Roads, Larose Forest
July 29, 2007
Aphrodite Fritillary
Aphrodite Fritillary
(Speyeria aphordite)
O'Neil Road
August 1, 2003
Aphrodite Fritillary
Aphrodite Fritillary
(Speyeria aphordite)
Paauw Road
July 22, 2003
Atlantis Fritillary
Atlantis Fritillary
(Speyeria atlantis)
Chemin Sincennes, Lac La Peche, QC
June 18, 2011

Atlantis Fritillary
Atlantis Fritillary
(Speyeria atlantis)
Chemin Sincennes, Lac La Peche, QC
June 18, 2011
Bog Fritillary
Bog Fritillary
(Boloria eunomia)
Monty's Bog, W of Masham,QC
June 18, 2011
Bog Fritillary
Bog Fritillary
(Boloria eunomia)
Monty's Bog, W of Masham,QC
June 18, 2011
Silver-bordered Fritillary
Silver-borderedFritillary
(Boloria selene)
Champlain Lookout Trails, Gatineau Park
June 11, 2011

Silver-bordered Fritillary
Silver-borderedFritillary
(Boloria selene)
Monty's Bog, W of Masham,QC
June 18, 2011
Meadow Fritillary
Meadow Fritillary
(Boloria bellona)
Paauw Road
July 22, 2003
Gorgone Checkerspot - L
Gorgone Checkerspot - L
(Chlosyne gorgone)
SW of Oxford Mils, ON
July 11, 2010
Gorgone Checkerspot - L
Gorgone Checkerspot - L
(Chlosyne gorgone)
SW of Oxford Mils, ON
July 11, 2010

Silvery Checkerspot
Silvery Checkerspot - L
(Chlosyne nycteis)
n. Luskville, QC
July 5, 1992
Harris' Checkerspot - L
Harris' Checkerspot - L
(Chlosyne harrisii)
Richmond Road Trails
June 17, 2011
Harris' Checkerspot - L
Harris' Checkerspot - L
(Chlosyne harrisii)
Pinhey Forest Reserve: Slack Road
June 16, 1992
Northern Crescent
Northern Crescent
(Phyciodes cocyta)
Church Hill Picnic Area, Ramsey Lake Road, QC
June 24, 2007

Northern Crescent on Viceroy
Northern Crescent on Viceroy
(Phyciodes cocyta)
NW of Harnett Road
August 1, 2003
Tawny Crescent
Tawny Crescent
(Phyciodes batesii)
Carp Ridge on Thomas Dolan Parkway
June 5, 2011
Tawny Crescent
Tawny Crescent
(Phyciodes batesii)
Carp Ridge on Thomas Dolan Parkway
June 5, 2011
Baltimore Checkerspot
Baltimore Checkerspot
(Euphydryas phaeton)
Torbolton Ridge Road
June 13, 2010

Question Mark - very fresh
Question Mark - very fresh
(Polygonia interrogationis)
Petrie Islands
July 9, 2011
Question Mark
Question Mark
(Polygonia interrogationis)
West Springfield, VA
October 12, 2007
Eastern Comma
Eastern Comma
(Polygonia comma)
Huntmar Road
July 1, 1992
Eastern Comma
Eastern Comma
(Polygonia comma)
Ottawa West
May 13,2011

Eastern Comma
Eastern Comma
(Polygonia comma)
Ottawa West
May 13,2011
Gray Comma
Gray Comma
(Polygonia progne)
Cambrian Road
July 13, 1992
Gray Comma
Gray Comma
(Polygonia progne)
Allan Road, SE of Chesterville, ON
July 12, 1992
Compton's Tortoiseshell
Compton's Tortoiseshell
(Nymphalis comptoni)
Britannia Conservation Area
April 26, 1992

Mourning Cloak
Mourning Cloak
(Nymphalis antiopa)
Britannia Conservation Area
April 26, 1992
Milbert's Tortoiseshell
Milbert's Tortoiseshell
(Aglais milberti)
Mountain Provincial Wildlife Area
July 2, 2004
American Lady
American Lady
(Vanessa virginiensis)
West Springfield, VA
September 20, 2008
American Lady
American Lady
(Vanessa virginiensis)
West Springfield, VA
September 20, 2008

Painted Lady
Painted Lady
(Vanessa cardui)
near Hexton, ON
July 4, 1992
Red Admiral
Red Admiral
(Vanessa atalanta)
Fletcher Wildlife Gardens
July 24, 2011
Red Admiral
Red Admiral
(Vanessa atalanta)
Golden Line Road, E of Almonte,ON
May 2, 2010
Buckeye - R
Buckeye - R
(Junonia coenia)
Huntley Meadows Park, VA
October 11, 2007

Buckeye - R
Buckeye - R
(Junonia coenia)
Bill Mason Centre, Dunrobin
September 3, 2011
Buckeye - R
Buckeye - R
(Junonia coenia)
Bill Mason Centre, Dunrobin
September 3, 2011
White Admiral
White Admiral
(Limenitis arthemis)
Leitrim Road West
June 19, 1992
Viceroy
Viceroy
(Limenitis archippus)
NW of Harnett Road
August 1, 2003

Viceroy
Viceroy
(Limenitis archippus)
Huntley Meadows Park, VA
July 3, 2007
Hackberry Emperor
Hackberry Emperor
(Asterocampa celtis)
Petrie Islands
July 9, 2011
Hackberry Emperor
Hackberry Emperor
(Asterocampa celtis)
Petrie Islands
July 9, 2011
Hackberry Emperor
Hackberry Emperor
(Asterocampa celtis)
Twin Oaks Tavern Winery, Bluemont, VA
August 9, 2012

Northern Pearly Eye
Northern Pearly Eye
(Enodia anthedon)
Allen Road, near Grantley, ON
July 12, 1992
Northern Pearly Eye
Northern Pearly Eye
(Enodia anthedon)
East of Charlottetown, PEI
July 23, 2007
Eyed Brown - L
Eyed Brown - L
(Satyrodes eurydice)
Petrie Islands
July 9, 2011
Appalachian Brown - L
Appalachian Brown - L
(Satyrodes appalachia)
Paauw Road
July 22, 2003

Little Wood Satyr
Little Wood Satyr
(Megisto cymela)
Champlain Lookout Trails, Gatineau Park
June 11, 2011
Little Wood Satyr
Little Wood Satyr
(Megisto cymela)
Huntley Meadows Park, VA
July 3, 2007
Little Wood Satyr
Little Wood Satyr
(Megisto cymela)
Marathon Trail System
July 1, 1992
Common Ringlet
Common Ringlet
(Coenonympha tullia)
Burnt Lands - Ramsey Concession 12 North
August 2, 2010

Common Ringlet
Common Ringlet
(Coenonympha tullia)
Hinesburg, VT
August 5, 2007
Common Wood-Nymph
Common Wood-Nymph
(Cercyonis pegala)
Dobson Lane
July 21, 2003
Common Wood-Nymph
Common Wood-Nymph
(Cercyonis pegala)
Perry Road Alvar
July 10, 2005
Chryxus Arctic
Chryxus Arctic
(Oeneis chryxus)
Carp Ridge on Thomas Dolan Parkway
April 30, 2010

Chryxus Arctic
Chryxus Arctic
(Oeneis chryxus)
Carp Ridge on Thomas Dolan Parkway
April 30, 2010
Monarch
Monarch
(Danaus plexippus)
Church Hill Picnic Area, Ramsey Lake Road, QC
June 24, 2007
Monarch
Monarch
(Danaus plexippus)
NE of Purdy Road
August 18, 2003



Two Spectacular Ottawa Moths

Luna Moth
Luna Moth
(Actias luna)
Huntley Meadows Park, VA
May 21, 2007
Hummingbird Clearwing Moth
Hummingbird Clearwing Moth
(Hermaris thysbe)
Bouvier & Clarence-Cambridge Boundary Roads, Larose Forest
July 29, 2007



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