I collect my butterflies and many of my other insect specimens along the roads and highways near where I live in Ontario. I was very lucky to find such a variety last year, though I must admit I persistently searched throughout the summer. It’s fun, like a normal hike but with the added enjoyment of a little scavenger hunt, and the chance of finding something fascinating. My enjoyment is tempered by the way the insects are being killed, which is by our vehicular traffic, but I’d never get to see these things otherwise so I seize the opportunity.
Here are some small sets that may not warrant a whole page to themselves. It’s interesting to look at them side by side, to see the differences between species.
Question Mark Butterfly
Silvery Blue Butterfly
Northern Crescent Butterfly
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
White Admiral Butterfly
Bronze Copper Butterfly
Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly