I have been so busy doing that I haven't been on the computer much. I do have photos for blogs which I plan to post in the following days.
Now on to the photos.
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) Wingspan 1.75-2.40 inches (4.4-6.1 cm)
This is the first Painted Lady photo I have posted this year. It was elusive. I didn't attempt to get a photo. I'm glad Phil got this one.
Below is a Red-Spotted Purple. I love the frilly edges that Phil captured. The red spots are on the underside.
Red-Spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax) Wingspan 3.0-4.0 inches (7.6-10.2 cm)
Phil also took some good photos of the Eastern Tailed-blue. (Everes comyntas) Wingspan .075-1.0 inches (1.9-2-5 cm) The males and females are colored differently.
This is the female.
The identifying orange markings near the "tails" are visible in all three photos. The thread-thin tails are there but hard to see.
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis) Wingspan 2.25-3.0 inches (5.7-7.6 cm)
In the field we thought this was a Comma but Ruth sent us a report a few days later. Jim, another photographer on July 28, managed to get a good photo of the underwing. This is a Question Mark. There are thin silver markings on the back underwing. A tiny dot added to a curved silvery "comma" makes all the difference.
Most of the Tiger Swallowtails were ragged. They were nearing the end of their life span.