What a striking creature! I just was thinking – do you suppose there’s some connection between all the unusual flowers you’re seeing this year and the unusual butterflies and such? Perhaps some of these have symbiotic relationships and appear together.
I don’t know. I’ll have to think about that! I know though that timing has much to do with encountering flowers and critters as well, and I’ve noticed that this year I have visited many places at a different time than in the past. I remember that the last time I visited Reservation Divide it was late July instead of the last of June; the huckleberries were ripe then and they are green now.
This adorable little Six-spotted Forester Moth was just staring at me through our back door screen. I immediately ran to my computer to find out what he was. I live in Northern New Jersey at the very top – on the Delaware River. We’ve lived here ten years and never seen one before.
My hiking buddy and I found one in Wolf Creek Canyon off the Snake River in Jackson Hole (07/21/2013). First for both of us! I managed an average image. The above is a great image and thanks for helping ID our find!