Butterfly Site at Adirondack Park Interpretive Center – Monarch Butterfly

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.

Hover Fly

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.

About Ron

Ron has long had an interest in photography and traveling and, in recent years, has had more time to devote to both activities. Long a Pentax user, Ron switched to Nikon gear when he went digital. The advent of the digital SLR camera, and the ease of the internet blogging process, has provided a venue for sharing his photography and travel experience at the local, national and international level. More about Ron
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