The first I spotted, near the ponds at Cape May Point State Park, was this beautiful
Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris Thysbe)
with it's bright blue antennae dancing around a swamp milkweed.
A male Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
was pounding and vigorously shaking the flowers,
as it searched aggressively for nectar.
This handsome and flashy Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) caught my eye with his striped antennae and brown checkered compound eyes.
This gorgeous American Lady Butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis) was a beauty to behold as she twirled around in all her glory, with beautiful blue eyespots on the hind underwings, bright pinkish orange red on the upperside, a little perky upturned snout and gold tipped antennae.
As I walked on towards the beach, more and more flitted by and these are
just a few I was able to capture:
Even though very tattered, this Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) whizzed by, frequenting many
flowers as he coursed south.
This dandy, a Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia),
delicately perched as it gathered needed supplies.
Spinning down and around on this low lying yellow flower, an American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) finds her way.
I look forward to seeing more butterflies and moths pass through as they make their amazing migrations south.