On the way back from a bit of hiking in the Lake Placid High Peaks Region, we stopped once again at the Adirondack Park Agency Interpretive Center at Paul Smith’s. My interest, this time around, was the butterfly interpretive site, where I expected to find plenty of Monarch Butterflies at various stages of their development. I wasn’t disappointed. However, at the same time, I also learned that the Adirondack Park Interpretive Center would be closing due to a lack of state funding. Rather saddened to hear the latter information since this location was almost always one of my stops on my way into the Adirondacks.
Male Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Caterpillar of the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
After we left the center, we headed northward and, out behind a shopping center parking lot near Massena, NY, I found some more butterflies and other creatures to photograph.
Pink-edged Sulfur Butterfly (Colias interior) – I think.
Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) – State butterfly of Colorado
I am always looking for fields of thistles because, wherever there are thistles, I am almost guaranteed to find interesting subjects to photograph.