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“First Butterfly of the Year Spotted, 2014: Eastern Tailed Blue” (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

Eastern Tailed Blue, 2007, Retrieved from www.proactiveassistance.net  on March 12, 2014

Eastern Tailed Blue, 2007, Retrieved from http://www.proactiveassistance.net on March 12, 2014

On March 11, 2014, I saw the first butterfly of the year of 2014 in my area around Atlanta, Georgia. It was an Eastern tailed blue butterfly, Cupido comyntas.  The outdoor temperature reached at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit; and the butterfly was flittering around, casually, through the air.

Eastern Tailed Blue, 2011, Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Tailed-Blue on March 12, 2014

Eastern Tailed Blue, 2011, Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Tailed-Blue on March 12, 2014

On the evening of March 10, 2014, having been another warm day, I also saw the first moth of the year, a small, common wood moth.  Both the butterfly and the moth flew right past me, bringing a smile to my face.  Spring has arrived, although the approaching freezing temperatures due to the winter blizzard being experienced in the North will put a damper on the flowering and budding for awhile yet.