Thank you, Jim for this photo.
When I looked at my photos I realized I had not taken one photo of a Silver-spotted Skipper. I could not believe it. There were so many Silver-spotted Skippers that I didn't think of taking a photo of one. It didn't seem important. There would always be one more. And then I entirely forgot to get that one photo.
"Oh, well, Phil probably took a photo."
But, no, he didn't.
There were lots of Silver-spotted Skippers the week of September 3, and also the week of August 28. But on September 11 there were so many that we were overwhelmed by their numbers. The final number decided on for these skippers was approximately 127. There could have been many more. Every time anyone moved a few steps along the lane, he or she would report, "Another Silver-spotted Skipper, No, there are four, five, six."When a vehicle was driven up or down the lane, the skippers rose in uncountable numbers from the vegetation.
Though we saw a multitude of Silver-spotted skippers, we saw only one of each of the following.
This is a butterfly we rarely see. I think it is the first one we've seen this year. Ruth circled the distinguishing dot on the underside of the front wing.
We are beginning to see a few Monarchs in the area. They are arriving a little later than usual.
This was a new butterfly to me when I started helping on the Butterfly Transit. Its habits are similar to those of the Pearl Crescent (below) and looks much like it. However the Pearl Crescent doesn't have the white spot surrounded by white on the hind wing. Ruth marked the spot witrh an arrow.
This Pearl Crescent has a shadow across its hind wings but it is clear that it doesn't have the white spot encircled by black as the Silvery Checkerspot does in the photo above this one. The Pearl Crescent is much more common in our area than the Silvery Checkerspot. We saw 6.
We saw 2 Gray Hairstreaks. We don't see them often and often we see only 1.
This is a butterfly we often see in the fields and on fallow land as we drive by.
Our final count...
Silver-spotted skipper...approximately 127
American Painted Lady...1
We three photographers managed to get at least one photo of each one except for the Clouded sulphur. I am pleased.