A couple of pleasant surprises…
The Great Smoky Mountains are beginning to awaken once again. This morning I was privileged to enjoy a short but wonderful hike in the National Park and, much to my surprise, I found more than daffodils showing signs of Spring. My first Butterfly of the new year appears to be a Question Mark but, please, correct me if I’m wrong. The new excavation site, however… ??? Many thanx,
Hi again R.G. Marion,
Nice to hear from you after so long. The butterfly is definitely an Anglewing in the genus Polygonia, but we believe it to be the other punctuation mark. It looks more like an Eastern Comma than a Questionmark. These butterflies, like Mourning Cloaks, hibernate over the winter and are generally the first butterflies spotted in the spring. We are not sure about the excavation photo.