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Posts Tagged "lepidoptera"

Monarch Butterfly on Butterfly

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016

Monarch Butterfly on Butterfly

Here is a look back to this summer at a butterfly on butterfly – in this case it is the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) on a Butterfly Bush (Buddleia). Look at all the glorious details on this stunning individual! Bask in the warm glow of the hot sun on the beautiful orange wings. Do you feel less cold yet? Butterfly bushes are a difficult subject. On the one hand, they are non-native, and it seems that in certain areas and regions they can readily spread and exclude some of our native vegetation. Native plants also often do provide more nutrition for native species of insects, birds, and...

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Spring Azure

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016

Spring Azure

This was a midsummer sighting of what looks to be a Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) butterfly though the scene had a much colder feel to it. The lepidoptera season is certainly ending this...

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Still Not Spring

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016

Still Not Spring

It is not spring even though many Clouded and Orange Sulphur butterflies continue flying and feeding on nectar sources like this dandelion. Something that gives away the relative date of this photo is the low sun angle adding light from the side as we are less than two months from the winter solstice. You can also see a little bee mimic fly venturing into the flower,...

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Sachem Skipper

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016

Sachem Skipper

Here is a real close look at a Sachem skipper butterfly (Atalopedes campestris) last month when they were absolutely everywhere that I looked. She was very cooperative! Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Red-banded Hairstreak

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016

Red-banded Hairstreak

Here is one very close view of a beautiful Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) from last month. The little butterflies are disappearing now that we are into October, and they will be missed. Until next...

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