HYDASPE FRITILLARY

The Hydaspe Fritillary butterfly can be found in western parts of Canada and the United States. Usually in moist mountain meadow and coniferous forest areas, near aspens. The caterpillars feed on violet flowers. Fritillaries produce pheromones, which help them recognize and find potential mates among¬†their own species. I saw this one and others flitting among… Read More HYDASPE FRITILLARY

MOURNING CLOAK

Mourning Cloak butterflies are native in North America and Eurasia. They are a large species, one of the longest with a wingspan of up to four inches. They can be found in cold, mountain, hardwood forest areas. They begin mating in the spring and they lay eggs on host plants. The caterpillars go through five… Read More MOURNING CLOAK