Last year's first butterfly was a Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa). The Mourning Cloak overwinters as an adult and is typically the first butterfly I find each year. I was hoping to find a Mourning Cloak on my walk at Forest Hill.
Instead I found an Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma). Actually I found two of them. Both of these butterflies were very skittish and I was unable to approach close. Like the Mourning Cloak, the Eastern Comma overwinters as an adult.
|Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma) - found in the North Woods at Forest Hill Nature Area|
|Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma) - found in the South Woods at Forest Hill Nature Area|
My first snake of the year for 2014 was a Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis). It was no real surprise that my first snake of 2015 was also a Common Garter Snake. This snake did not stick around for more than a single photograph.