Category Archives: Butterflies

09.09.2022 Beauty on a Parsley Sprig

We grow some parsley in a long rectangular pot alongside my small cactus collection on a table in the yard. It’s been a few years since we had these larvae but yesterday I found this one and it’s still munching … Continue reading

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09.04.2022 Silent Sunday-Cabbage White on New England Aster

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08.29.2022 Finally!

While walking around the yard yesterday afternoon with the 7D setup I came across a Monarch caterpillar apparently resting after a meal of milkweed leaf. As I made a few images I felt something breeze by and it was an … Continue reading

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08.23.2022 Doppelganger

I haven’t had any luck photographing Monarchs this year.  Just a few that I saw visited the yard, I only saw three larvae, and none ever stopped where I could get a clear shot.  But yesterday while roaming one of … Continue reading

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08.21.2022 Silent Sunday

American Copper- Lycaena phlaeas  

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08.17.2022 Another Skipper

I’ve been seeing mostly Peck’s Skippers in the yard but yesterday this somewhat worn Silver-spotted- Epargyreus clarus decided to nectar on our boneset flowers. We’ve had them in the yard before but it’s been awhile.

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08.08.2022 Macro Monday-Butterfly Fun

Well, limited fun.  Just the two.  I am seeing a few more visit the yard but most are on their way to an important meeting so don’t stop for more than a second in any one place. I’ve seen a … Continue reading

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08.02.2022 Complaining does sometimes get you somewhere

So I have complained about not seeing many butterflies this year.  I do believe their numbers are down just as is the case with most insects worldwide. But as often happens, once I open my big mouth something shows up.  … Continue reading

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04.16.2022 Smiling on Saturday

That’s me having spotted and photographed my first butterfly of 2022. Cabbage White-Pieris rapae on some of our iris foliage.  These usually are pretty active but it’s chilly today so that got this one sitting and saving its energy to … Continue reading

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08.30.2021 A pleasant chase

While at MacLeod Field yesterday morning, I spotted this flash of orange and having seen several Pearl Crescents thought it to be one.  But upon a closer look I was mistaken. Silver-bordered Fritillary-Boloria selene When I first spotted this individual … Continue reading

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