|American Painted Lady|
|American Painted Lady - open wings|
|Little Wood Satyr|
According to a book on Butterflies I recently read swallowtails are the oldest group of butterflies, the rest descended from them. They also tend to be larger butterflies, and some will hover while feeding from flowers so that they don't weigh them down.
|Eastern Tiger Swallowtail|
|Canadian Tiger Swallowtail|
Note: The Canadian Tiger Swallowtail is a slightly smaller version of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail above.
|Spring Azure on Birdfoot Violet|
|Summer Azure view of inner wing surface|
The main difference between Spring and Summer Azures are the flight times, Spring are April to early/mid June, and Summer from late June/July to October. Summer's also often have lighter markings, as the example in the above photo.
|Eastern Tailed Blue on Birdfoot Trefoil|
As you can see there are several Hairstreak varieties, and I don't have all of them, yet.
Skippers are another large family of butterflies, they are mostly small around 1 inch, though the Silver Spotted is larger, many are very hard to tell apart and I am indebted to my fellow members of the Facebook Massachusetts Butterfly Group for identifications.
|Eastern Pine Elfin|
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