I don't know that I have ever had butterflies flying about in February, but then I don't remember a February quite like this!
Some butterflies overwinter as adults instead of larvae or pupae, so when the warmth arrives, they are out and about early. With the abnormally high temperatures these last few days, I figured it would likely get some butterflies out. Yesterday, Marie and I went to Rondeau since it was ~15C here at home. I knew it would be cooler by the lake, but I didn't expect the fog. So with temperatures not getting above about 7C and heavy fog, of course butterflies were not out. We got some exercise, did a little photography and visited with friends instead, so it was still a successful outing.
Today I decided to start off inland, and went to the municipally owned McKerrall Woodlot a few kilometres NE of Chatham.
After leaving McKerrall Woods, I meandered around Chatham-Kent looking for some open grown trees to photograph for a project I am working on. More on that perhaps in another post. I eventually ended up back at Rondeau, since as I got closer it was clear that fog wasn't going to be an issue today. The temperature was still cooler than inland, as it was still only about 8C at the park entrance due to the wind off of the now ice-free bay. But at the more sheltered eastern side of the park, it was warmer, reaching at least 14C at times. A walk along parts of the South Point Trail and Harrison Trail only produced one more Eastern Comma, and it was flying steadily northwards. I never did see it land....hence no photos of this one either.
Earlier in February Marie noticed something under a window at home.
I really don't expect to see too many more butterflies flying about until at least the end of March or into April. At least hopefully we won't have that kind of weather until then....when spring comes super early, it is bound to create havoc with the plants and wildlife.