Friday, September 12, 2014

Brukner Nature Center, Butterfly Transit, August 30

Jim and Ruth, Stephen and I walked the transit on August 30.  It was a good day to see butterflies.  We saw thirteen species, thirty-four specimen.

I think the Black swallowtail may have been the first one Stephen has ever seen.  They are not as common as some of the other swallowtails.

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) Wingspan: 2.5-4.2 inches (6.4-10.7 cm)  It is sitting on a Field Thistle.

We saw nine Eastern Tailed-Blue (Everes comyntas).  It was especially interesting to see this mating pair.  It is good to know Eastern Tailed-Blues will be around next year.

Eastern Tailed-Blues (Everes comyntas) Wingspan: 0.75-1.00 inches (1.9-2.5 cm)

The other butterflies we saw included five Hackberry Emperors, one Question Mark, Thirteen Cabbage Whites, 2 Summer Azures, one Painted Lady, one Pearl Crescent, and one Silver-Spotted Skipper.

Thanks, Jim, for the photographs.

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