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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Finally! Olympia Marbles

Olympia Marbles had been on my butterfly want list for years. It was getting late for them here in Michigan as several southern populations had already been done flying for the year.
But with help from my friend Jack Reinohl, I traveled north to Otsego County, Michigan in hopes of locating one of these beauties.
On June 14, it was an early rise and a stop at McDonald's for breakfast and a caramel mocha. Stopped at a few birding locations before arriving at North Branch Trail Head at 10am.
Butterflies were everywhere. The parking lot was full of crescents. A Canadian Tiger Swallowtail flew by. An Indian Skipper zipped about, making for a tough picture.
As the area was explored, a white butterfly flew by and I was on the run. After ten minutes of trailing, my lifer Olympia Marble was seen and photographed.

  Olympia Marble
  Otsego County, Michigan
  June 14, 2014

Although Olympia Marble was the target specie for the day, many other butterflies were on the wing.
Fourteen species were recorded.
Dreamy Duskywing
Indian Skipper
Northern Broken Dash
Common Roadside Skipper
Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
Olympia Marble

American Copper
Eastern Pine Elfin
Brown Elfin
Northern Crescent - good to compare with Tawny
Tawny Crescent - Lifer
Little Wood Satyr
Common Ringlet

Common Ringlet
Otsego County, Michigan
June 14, 2014

Indian Skipper
Otsego County, Michigan
June 14, 2014


  1. That is a beautiful-looking butterfly. It sounds as though you are having a great butterfly season, as we are here in Scotland.

    1. Thanks Nick. The butterfly season got off to a slow start due to cool weather. Picked up for awhile, but has slowed due to rain 8 of the last 10 days.
      Our most of our skippers should be emerging shortly.
      Butterfly counts are beginning this weekend.