Insects



The Short-tailed Swallowtail seems to be drawn to places inhospitable to most other butterflies. Both of the butterflies I took pictures of were at or near the peaks of tall barren windswept seaside hills. Not exactly sunny gardens of nectar filled flowers.

The book "Butterflies Through Binoculars, The East", shows that this butterfly is generally limited to northern Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador. In fact the photos in the book are from St. John's,NF. Among its preferred habitats is grassy sea cliffs. Its major food plants are Scotch Lovage and Cow Parsnip. I guess it would be right at home at Cape St. Francis, right at the north-eastern tip of the Avalon Penninsula.

Short Tailed Swallowtail
Short Tailed Swallowtail
Papilio brevicauda
Signal Hill,NF
June 25, 2005
Short Tailed Swallowtail
Short Tailed Swallowtail
Papilio brevicauda
Signal Hill,NF
June 25, 2005
Short Tailed Swallowtail
Short Tailed Swallowtail
Papilio brevicauda
Cape St. Francis,NF
June 25, 2006


Here are a couple of spring overwintering butterflies, out on the first day the temperature even approached double digits. The Mourning Cloak is quite ragged looking, but the Tortoiseshell looks fine. There was still some snow on the ground in places. The Coltsfoot had only been in bloom for a few days.

Milbert's Tortoiseshell<br><i>Nymphalis milberti viola</i><br>Signal Hill, St. John's,NF
Milbert's Tortoiseshell
Nymphalis milberti viola
Signal Hill, St. John's,NF
May 7, 2007
Mourning Cloak<br><i>Nymphalis antiopa</i><br>Signal Hill, St. John's,NF
Mourning Cloak
Nymphalis antiopa
Signal Hill, St. John's,NF
May 7, 2007


Painted Lady<br><i>Vanessa cardui</i><br>Signal Hill,NF
Painted Lady
Vanessa cardui
Signal Hill,NF
June 25, 2005
Milbert's Tortoiseshell<br><i>Nymphalis milberti viola</i><br>Torbay,NF
Milbert's Tortoiseshell
Nymphalis milberti viola
(Newfoundland subspecies)
Torbay,NF
Aug 7, 2005
White Admiral<br><i>Limenitis camilla</i><br>Torbay,NF
White Admiral
Limenitis camilla
Torbay,NF
Aug 7, 2005
European Skipper<br><i>Thymelicus lineola </i><br>Torbay,NF
European Skipper
Thymelicus lineola
Torbay,NF
July 16, 2006
Northern Silvery Blue<br>
<i>Glaucopsyche lygdamus couperi</i><br>Torbay,NF
Northern Silvery Blue
Glaucopsyche lygdamus couperi
Torbay,NF
July 8, 2005