Monday, August 9, 2010

A Day at Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve

The Nature Conservancy's Big Darby Headwaters preserve is a splendor of woodlots, wooded drainageways and recovering oldfields. The latter is our favorite for summer exploration because the profusion of blooming wildflowers attract so many interesting insects. Here's a scene that typifies the uplands of much of Darby Headwaters.



Teasel (left) and Queen Anne's Lace:

Common Wood Nymph:

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail:

Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar:

Gray Comma:

Gray Comma:

Hackberry Emperor:

Jagged Ambush Bug:

Monarch Caterpillar:

Flower (morning glory family):

Pipevine Swallowtail:

Red-Spotted Purple on Boneset:

Silver-Spotted Skipper on Teasel:

Viceroy Caterpillar:



A couple of cool fungi we came across while in the woods:

Jennifer got this great shot with a beautiful sky and a Tiger Swallowtail in flight:


  1. This is a great collection of Darby butterfly photos and I don't believe I've ever seen one in flight quite like this one. Good job!

    I find myself living vicariously through your adventures these days and I look forward to new posts. Thanks for photographing and posting your adventures!

  2. Super beautiful photos!!

    Miss you both!


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