Photo by Phil Shafer
Stephen and I went to Love Rides the Rails in Cheviot, a suburb of Cincinnati, on Sunday so I didn't walk the Butterfly Transit. When I saw this photo that Phil sent, I thought, "This butterfly doesn't look like any I know." I was right. Ruth sent a summary email about the August 4 walk, naming this one. It was one of two firsts for the transit walkers this year.
This is the other one. Taking photos is really important. It is a way of capturing the butterflies without netting them and possibly harming the delicate creatures. Later we can look through the field guides and compare markings in the books with the photographs. The determination was made that this was a male Zabulon skipper. In this species the males and females are marked differently.
Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon) Wingspan 1.0-1.4 inches (2.5-3.6 cm)
Some of the other butterflies seen on the transit walk. All photos are by Phil Shafer.
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Wingspan 0.80-1.25 inches (2.0-3.2 cm)
Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma) Wingspan 2.0-2.4 inches (5.1-6-1cm)
Hackberry (Asterocpama celtis) Wingspan 2.0-2.6 inches (5.1-6.6 cm)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Wingspan 1.25-1.6 inches (3.2-4-1 cm)
Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) Wingspan 1.75-2.4 inches (4.4-6.1 cm)
EasternTiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) Wingspan 3.5-5.5 inches (8.9-14.0 cm)