Butterflies on the West Fork Trail

Hiking along the West Fork Trail in the Coconino National Forest in June was a nice break from the heat of Sedona’s red rock landscape.  This trail winds up Oak Creek which streams down a long canyon which is both deep and narrow allowing it to provide shade through much of the day and creates a cool oasis to enjoy.  I had some great landscape image opportunities during my walk which made it a great outing for me.

At one turn in the path, I came across a large flight of butterflies feeding at a large patch of wildflowers.  The orange and black wings stood in sharp contrast to the flowers and the dark foliage.

My daughter loves butterflies and moths so I was happy to spend a few minutes to capture a few images she might like.  One of many nice surprises along this casual path through the rocks.

7 responses

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  2. Sid Dunnebacke

    My field guide covers only Michigan, but… Aprhodite Fritillaries? Whatever – beautiful creatures, and great shots Chris.

    September 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    • Thanks Sid – that works for me. I tried looking the name up but there are several that are quite close. Thought I would shy away from the taxonomy – I’m glad you were more persistent.



      October 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

  3. great shots, great colours!

    September 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm

  4. sandy

    Wow, so many of them! I wonder if they were migrating?

    September 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

    • Hi Sandy,

      I wondered the same thing. With Sid identifying the type, Aphrodite Fritillary, I read that the pupa overwinter from fall until spring and then the final butterfly stage runs between mid-June and mid-September. I don’t think these ones migrate so I was lucky to find this flight during their short adulthood.



      October 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

  5. Those are real beauties!

    September 28, 2012 at 8:26 pm

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