American Copper Butterflies on a Cut Out Trail in Raccoon Creak State Park’s Doak Field

American copper butterfly photographed at Raccoon Creek State Park, PA

There was that cut path (trail) in Doak Field that I used to love to work. Orange sulphurs, Tiger Swallowtails and the occasional Monarch Butterfly were almost sure to be seen along that 200 foot hike. Good that, be they weren’t what I was looking for. I was on the lookout for American Copper Butterflies. June and July they’d be there, usually resting on the mowed trail, and it was always the same. I’d slowly approach, spot several, including a beautiful American Copper. They would quickly disperse, flying no more than 10-15 feet into the meadow growth. I’d continue slowly on the trail, and within minutes, I would return, hoping to again find and photograph that ‘beautiful one.’

I liked their story. Their ancestors came from Western Europe and the British Isles, and like many of our family lore, they thrived here, and now have earned the common name ‘American Copper.’

Here now in Georgia, so many I meet trace their families’ stories back to Georgia in the early to late 1700’s. I know because I often ask. Like the American Copper Butterflies, my own story in America begins much later than that, but like my new Georgia acquaintances, I feel deeply rooted here, and so value this soil.

American Coppers please, and make me appreciate.


One thought on “American Copper Butterflies on a Cut Out Trail in Raccoon Creak State Park’s Doak Field

  1. Jeff your love for these beautiful creatures is admirable. We adore these natural photos and how you’ve tried to go or that *beautiful one* each hike. It is our hope that we can get more people in tune with the natural world. There are golden butterfly hair clips for women that we are hoping will encourage more young women to stay connected with our natural world or at least learn about it. Even though we may not be experts in this space, we think it’s important that everyone plays a part, no matter who you are. So please let us know if you collaborate. We would love to share your work with our community. Speak to you soon!


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