September is a wonderful time to watch butterflies. Some migrate south in autumn. Others end their life cycles right here a bit later in the season.
The beautiful Monarch butterfly begins his long journey south to Mexico in September. They can be seen just about anywhere flying clumsily along in the often brisk winds of autumn. Food sources such as this are a very important part of their migration.
A Golden-banded skipper (below). This little fellow is showing some wear on his wings.
The amazing Pipevine Swallowtail (next photo) is an iridescent blue over black.
The male orange sulphur butterfly (below) creates stunning contrast against a purple backdrop.
A little female orange sulphur butterfly appears almost white until the sun shines through her beautiful translucent wings.
This stunning male Giant Swallowtail has the same flower nectar on his menu as the Monarch. This is a very large species of butterfly.
Giant Swallowtail butterflies can be a challenge to photograph, as their wings quiver in a constant fluttering motion, even when they stop to feed on nectar.
A fast shutter speed freezes the constant flutter of those big beautiful wings…