A White M Hairstreak shows just a hint of blue underneath. When it flies, the top side is a brilliant blue color. This one was in Elkridge, Howard County on October 4. This is the latest I have ever seen one in Maryland. The larval host plants are oak trees which are common, but I usually only seen one of these beauties per year.
Common Buckeyes continue flying into October. This one was in Elkridge in late September.
An Orange Sulphur visits white aster flowers in Elkridge on October 4th.
Monarchs are still flying south but not in as large numbers as a few days ago. This one was in Elkridge on September 30.
Variegated Fritillary–this is another butterfly that continues flying up until the first frost. Small white aster is a good late season nectar source for many butterflies.
A male Fiery Skipper enjoys the late bounty of white asters.
Another skipper butterfly that flies in late summer and fall is the Common Checkered Skipper. Despite the name, it is an attractive animal seen up close as its picture shows.
A female Black Swallowtail in Columbia, Howard County. Most swallowtails disappear by late September so I was surprised to find this one in pristine condition on on September 27.
Small can be beautiful—an Eastern Tailed Blue at Gateway Business Park in Columbia on October 2nd.
A Gray Hairstreak at Gateway Business Park in Columbia on October 2nd. This is the more common hairstreak in Howard County in late summer and early fall.
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