Sunday, September 22, 2013

Autumnal Equinox Today

The autumn equinox occurred at 4:44 this afternoon, EDT, giving us 12 hours of daylight and 12 of dark as the sun crossed the celestial equator. Summer ended. Autumn began. Here are pictures of some of the last of summer's butterflies (and one lovely moth) taken in my Brooklyn neighborhood during the last few weeks.

Cabbage White, Pieris rapae. Click to enlarge. 
Buckeye, Junonia coenia
Sachem, a skipper butterfly, Atalopedes campestris
Ailanthus webworm moth, Atteva aurea
American Lady, Vanessa virginiensis

A haiku written by the Japanese poet Kobayashi Issa in 1814:

are you aware 
that autumn has dawned?
meadow butterfly

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