Thursday, July 18, 2013

Butterfly Transit at Brukner, July 13,2013

Only three of us walked the transit.  Ruth, our leader, the person in our group who is most knowledgeable about butterflies, was not able to come.  Phil and Nancy told her they would be responsible for the week's report. 

The day was beautiful, in the eighties (Fahrenheit) , with a light come and go breeze that grew stronger as we walked.

                                    Photo by Pauline Persing

The three of us know some butterflies but we are still learning.

For instance, we don't know the little dark skippers.  Perhaps someone reading this blog will recognize the two below.   This one holds it wings differently than a lot of skippers.

                                    Photo by Phil Shafer

Here is a skipper in the more usual skipper resting position.

                                    Photo by Phil Shafer

At Cattail Pond, we were surprised to see a snapping turtle swimming along.  We knew one or two lived in the pond but it's been years since I have seen one there.

                                    Photo by Pauline Persing

                                    Photo by Pauline Persing

Nancy and I lagged behind Phil, looking at flowers as well as butterflies.  When we caught up with Phil, he told us we had missed seeing a Red-Spotted Purple.

                                    Photo by Phil Shafer    Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax...Wingspan: 3.0-4.0 inches (7.6-10.2 cm)

This is a photo Tom took a few years ago showing the underside of the Red-Spotted Purple.

                                    Photo by Tom Persing

As we walked beside the meadow toward the woods we saw a large beautiful black butterfly with yellow bands,  a Giant Swallowtail.  Because the day was warm, the butterfly was flying fast, rarely stopping for more than a moment, so neither Phil nor I snapped its picture.  The photo below of a somewhat tattered Giant Swallowtail is one Tom took a few years ago.

                                    Photo by Tom Persing   Giant Swallowtail  Papilio cresphontes...Wingspan...4.5-5.5 inches (11.4-14.0 cm)

Just past the meadow Nancy spotted this.  The cicada is on the left side of the stem and the shell it emerged from is on the right.

                                              Photo by Pauline Persing

Plants that are blooming are recorded on the Butterfly Transit weekly record, too.

                                                  Photo by Pauline Persing

                                              Photo by Phil Shafer

As always, click on the photos to enlarge them.  Have a good day.