Even Later Butterflies in Howard County, October 2014

This Ocola Skipper liked the purple butterfly bush at the Elkhorn Garden Plots on October 8.  This is the second latest date I have seen this southern skipper in Maryland. 2014 has been a good year for them.

This Ocola Skipper likes the purple butterfly bush at the Elkhorn Garden Plots on October 8. This is the second latest date I have seen this southern skipper in Maryland. 2014 has been a good year for them.

A Common Buckeye opens its wings amid white heath asters in Elkridge Maryland on October 6.

Gray Hairstreak at Patel Drive in Elkridge on October 9th.  I am not usually able to get a picture of hairstreaks with their wings open.

Gray Hairstreak at Patel Drive in Elkridge on October 9th.  The light orange abdomen indicates this one is a male. I am not usually able to get a picture of hairstreaks with their wings open like this.

 

A pretty Variegated Fritillary visits the abundant white heath asters at Patel Drive in Elkridge on October 9th.

A pretty Variegated Fritillary visits the abundant white heath asters at Patel Drive in Elkridge on October 9th.

 

One lone Fiery Skipper visits the butterfly bush at the Elkhorn Garden Plots in Columbia, Maryland on October 12.

One lone male Fiery Skipper visits the butterfly bush at the Elkhorn Garden Plots in Columbia, Maryland on a cool October 12.

Wild Indigo Duskywing skipper at Patel Drive in Elkridge on October 17.   These butterflies used to be uncommon until their larvae switched to the introduced Crown Vetch planted alongside many roadways.

Wild Indigo Duskywing skipper at Patel Drive in Elkridge on October 17. These butterflies used to be uncommon until their larvae switched to the introduced Crown Vetch planted alongside many roadways.

A very late Black Swallowtail visits Red clover blossoms at the Elkhorn Garden Plots on October 21

A very late Black Swallowtail visits Red clover blossoms at the Elkhorn Garden Plots on October 21

A Common Checkered Skipper makes an interesting pattern contrast with wood mulch at the Elkhorn Garden Plots on October 21.

A Common Checkered Skipper makes an interesting pattern contrast with wood mulch at the Elkhorn Garden Plots on October 21.

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