A Recent Butterfly Field Trip Has Given Me a Great Love For Butterflies

A Recent Butterfly Field Trip Has Given Me a Great Love For Butterflies

Recently I have been bitten by a bug. Nothing serious or what one might think from such a statement but rather the butterfly bug. You see, yesterday I went on a field trip here in northern Utah to go look at some butterflies. I have always liked butterflies but didn’t know much about them and just kept my fondness to mostly photographing them. This field trip changed all of that and for the better.

boisduval's blue (Plebejus icarioides lycea)
boisduval’s blue (Plebejus icarioides lycea)

I learned a little about some of the unique behavior butterflies have and also learned there are so many unique and beautiful butterflies out there I had not heard of. I am always awed by the monarch and swallowtail butterflies but I learned yesterday those species are only a small drop in the butterfly bucket and, just like birds, there are so many unique and interestingly beautiful species out there to learn and appreciate.

Small wood nymph (Cercyonis oetus charon)
Small wood nymph (Cercyonis oetus charon)

This field trip introduced me to a Mr. Todd Stout who led a very informative and educational as well as enlightening field trip to the top of the wasatch mountains to observe butterflies. He operates www.raisingbutterflies.org as well as the Utah Butterfly Field Trips page on facebook. If you are interested in learning about butterflies or thinking about trying your hand at raising butterflies like I am give Todd a shout on his website or facebook page. He is extremely knowledgeable about butterflies and could quite possibly light the fire for butterflies within you too.

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