Before the Storm

Popped out of a science writers conference in Raleigh NC this afternoon for a quick visit to the Raulston Arboretum.  It was very windy, completely clouded over, and quite chilly (low 60s) so I wasn’t expecting to see any butterflies.  But I was surprised by three:  a Monarch, a Common Checkered-skipper, and — a life lep for me — Brazilian Skipper.  The Brazilian Skipper was nectaring on pink morning glories (Ipomoea), still open at mid-afternoon because of the heavy cloud cover.

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