Observation notes: Seen during a very warm (88-90 deg F) late afternoon. The butterfly was on a Butterfly bush in New York Botanical Gardens, along with a host of species commonly found there. I photographed the same butterfly 13 times for about five minutes at close range (point and shoot macro) as it returned again and again to the same cluster of flowers before I finally lost sight of it. I had never seen this species before, but after researching it I believe it is a Crimson Patch or close relation rather far away from it's home.
Verified by: rosslayberry
Verified date: September 05, 2012
Coordinator notes: Hi! This is indeed a Crimson Patch, a very long way from home. BAMONA has none north of Texas. I know that 2012 has been a fantastic year for migrants, at least here in Ontario, but this is riduculous!!! Ross layberry