Washington Township Park Butterflies

Captured two butterflies during our walk through Washington Township Park (that trip in search of the Haunted Bridge and the U.S. 36 Bridge over White Lick Creek).

In the first two pictures we have a nice Northern Pearly-eye (Enodia anthedon). This butterfly’s coloring and texture are very smooth. We only had this glimpse of him before he fluttered back into the trees.

The butterfly in the last two pictures is probably a Compton Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis vaualbum). It seems most of the Tortoiseshell butterflies are unique to Europe and Northern Africa. The Comptons do appear in North America however. Something has tattered his wings but his color is still quite bright.

(Click any butterfly picture to open the gallery for a closer look!)


  1. You have done very well to get these photographs. Butterflies are a very difficult subject to catch. We have nothing really like the NPE but our Common Tortoiseshell is certainly reminiscent of the Compton.Somewhere on the continent, there are. American Tortoiseshells but I don’t know where exactly.

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