Butterfly extra: banded hairstreak, and bonus monarch

Revisiting last week’s “Butterfly Weekend” quickly …

Armed with only my phone camera on a meadow walk with Savanna this morning, we came across this banded hairstreak, a tiny and handsome butterfly of New England.

Two weeks ago I walked this same meadow on a 90-degree, humid day and butterflies were literally everywhere. This morning was cool with a hint of fall in the air and goldenrod taking over as the dominant flower species. There were plenty of butterflies to be seen but not nearly in the same numbers. A beautiful and satisfying meadow walk just the same.