Saturday, September 14, 2013

Butterfly Transit at Brukner, Sept. 7

Thanks to Phil and Jim, I have photos to show you of what the group found on September 7.

Ruth sent a summary of what the group saw...ten species.  One that I have never seen was on the list...Southern Dogface.  No one sent me a photo of that species to share with you.

However, a Painted Lady was accommodating.  We have seen a few others this summer, but usually they have flitted off before anyone caught a good picture.

Photo by Phil Shafer, Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) Wingspan 1.75-2.40 inches (4.4-6.1 cm)

Photo by Phil Shafer,  Painted Lady

This is a good example of how different the underside of a Painted Lady looks from its upper surface.  To me, this underside has a subtle beauty of its own.

Photo by Jim Bowell,  Painted Lady

They also saw Pearl Crescents but not has many as we have seen earlier in the summer.

Photo by Phil Shafer, Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Wingspan 1.25-1.60 inches (3.2-4.1 cm)

Ruth said the Pearl Crescent below stayed on her shoe for a long time, even after she began walking.  This Pearl Crescent was behaving like a Hackberry Butterfly.(Asterocampa celtis) Wingspan 2.0-2.6 inches (5.1-6.6 cm)

Photo by Phil Shafer, Pearl Crescent

The group saw six Orange Sulphurs.  The orange spot identifies it.

Photo by Phil Shafer, Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) Wingspan 1.6-2.4 inches (4.1-6.6cm)

Usually we see many Eastern Tailed Blues but on the seventh, only one was spotted.  Does this mean they are finishing their life cycles?  Usually, they are here until the end of October.

Photo by Phil Shafer, Eastern Tailed-Blue, (Everes comyntas) Wingspan 0.75-1.00 inches (1.9-2.5 cm)

Two easy to identify Silver-Spotted Skippers were sighted.

Photo by Phil Shafer, Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) Wingspan 1.75-2.40 inches (4.4-6.1 cm)

But there was an unknown skipper, also.  The photo has been sent off to the experts.

Photo by Jim Bowell, Unknown Skipper

We have another question which we have had for about six weeks.  What are these?  We found them on Stinging Nettle along the Brukner drive.  They come in different sizes.  Sometimes there are fifteen or twenty on one leaf.  Over time, most of them have disappeared.  Do they leave holes where they have been attached?  I'm not sure.

Three photos above by Phil Shafer

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