Saturday, July 17, 2004 we had our summer outdoor workshop at Glacial Park in McHenry County. We parked in the parking lot just inside the entrance, and got started a little after 11 AM. The day started out very cool and cloudy, but cleared off and warmed up enough during the time we were there so that we had a pretty successful time studying some butterflies which we caught, examined, and then, of course, released. We walked north up the bike path from the parking lot and spent most of our time there examining butterflies coming to nectar in the flowers along the west side of the path.
Among the butterflies we either saw or caught to examine were:
The skippers gave most of us a challenging exercise in identification. After lunch, we took a brief hike back to the marsh.
Below are some pictures, taken by Donna Motherway, of Doug Taron discussing the Black Dash Skipper. This particular skipper seemed to like Doug, and didn't want to leave after he took it out of the jar. Click on a picture to see a bigger version.
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