Saturday, October 7, 2017,


These pics were taken back in August. I just never got around to posting them till today. I was strolling the grounds of Sweetbriar Nature Center when I saw this Butterfly Bush that was covered with butterflies, mostly Monarchs and Black Swallowtails. But, as you can see in the photo above, there were a few Skippers around as well. JK

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Black Swallowtail

Wednesday, September 14, 2016,


Here’s a shot I took at Sweetbriar Nature Center at the end of July. Sweetbriar, located in Smithtown, has its own Butterfly House but this Black Swallowtail is not a tenant there. Instead, this is a free-range butterfly, one Long Island’s indigenous treasures. I found it atop this Milkweed flower while I was walking through one of the open fields at Sweetbriar. The Butterfly House has many very cool specimens but to find this beauty all you may need to do is look in your back yard. JK

Black Swallowtail

Friday, September 11, 2015,

This is a Black Swallowtail Butterfly that I spied visiting a Cardinal Flower along the Lower Carmans River. I was ‘staking out’ the flower in case a hummingbird came by. Cardinal Flowers are a favorite of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. While I failed to score a hummingbird, I did manage to capture a shot of this handsome brute. JK