Butterfly Spotting Gear For Butterfly Watching
Butterfly watching may not sound like a fun activity to everyone. Most often those who call it “boring” have never tried it for themselves. There are so many different species to be found in North America and the whole family can enjoy finding and watching beautiful insects in their natural environment.
Butterfly spotting can be fun, educational, and relaxing. Taking time to learn a little bit about when and where to spot butterflies can make this hobby much more successful too.
The right butterfly spotting gear will make a huge difference in how easily and how well spectators can find and observe the winged insects in action. Before heading outside to do some butterfly watching, it’s advantageous to do a little research and follow this handy guide.
Be willing to learn. Butterflies are such gorgeous creatures that one’s first instinct might be to buy a net to catch the critters and bring them home. Most butterfly watchers are committed to watching the butterflies in their natural environment versus capturing them to store them in a man-made jar with an air hole. It’s best to leave the net at home.
With the right butterfly spotting gear, anyone can get ample time to observe the butterflies doing their thing without caging them up.
The right butterfly spotting gear should include:
- A hat to shield one’s face from sunlight and help him blend in with the environment
- Binoculars for up close viewing without making the insects uncomfortable
- A notebook to document one’s findings
- A beginner’s field guide to identify the different species of butterflies
Those who enjoy bird watching likely already own some of the gear mentioned above. The hobbies are very similar. Chances are if an individual likes bird watching, he will also like butterfly watching!
Other things to consider include:
Doing research for butterflies before you are going out to find butterflies. Lots of information is available to be read online and at the library.
Since butterfly activity can change often, the world wide web can typically offer some tips and tricks for seeing more butterflies. Knowing where to look and what time of the year to look will make a huge difference.
For example, Winter is not the best time to go looking for butterflies for those living in North America. The more you memorize before heading out the door, the more meaningful your butterfly watching experience will be as well.
Knowing how to use butterfly spotting gear will also help.
Buying a thermal imaging camera or cutting-edge binoculars won’t do one any good if they don’t know how to work them.
Nothing is more frustrating than spotting a new, spectacularly colored beauty in the distance and not being able to get a good view of it.
Bringing a friend or family member along will also make the hobby more fun. For those who have kids or grandkids, taking them along can be a great way to spend the day together.
They will be able to learn so much from being out in nature, and adults can teach them how to have fun without disrespecting the environment.
Scope out a museum or butterfly sanctuary. Sometimes seeing the butterflies up close and personally with a guide can help beginners identify the correct butterflies out in nature better than referring to a picture in a field guide. This will help anyone feel more confident while butterfly watching in the wild.