Tag Archives: lepidoptera

07.02.2022 “I’m available”

Cabbage White butterflies-Pieris rapae are mostly in constant motion. But they do alight on flowers at times and as I was checking out our milkweed in the front yard I noticed this female land on one of our geraniums. As … Continue reading

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06.28.2022 Moths as art

I’ve been mentioning how beautiful moths are and this post compares three moths.  One is spectacular and the other two attractive in their own right. Porcelain Gray-Protoboarmia porcelaria.  These have been fairly common in the yard over the years. Variable … Continue reading

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06.25.2022 The new to me list continues

There are more than 11,000 moth species in the United States so it is no surprise that I find new ones even here in the yard.  There certainly are plenty of repeats but this year I’ve seen several newbies. Speckled … Continue reading

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06.22.2022 Wordless Wednesday-Four-spotted Speranza

Macaria coortaria

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06.21.2022 Little Devils being naughty

Trying to stay vigilant in searching for monarch caterpillars on our yard milkweeds.  Finding these at first glance on a milkweed leaf I thought they were fireflies because of the orange at the head.  But upon closer examination they are … 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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02.20.2022 I’m not warming up to winter

I know, I’ve been complaining about not enjoying the cold this year. I’ll get over it, especially once spring arrives in a few weeks. In the meantime, here’s a little something that Mary Beth found on one of our tree … Continue reading

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09.18.2021 An Unexpected Reward

Last night Mary Beth was going to take Bentley out for his before bed business but I offered to do it.  As a reward I spotted a shape on the screen to our back window.  One never knows what will … Continue reading

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09.16.2021 Something found in the dark

Often just before bed I go out with my 40D, 100mm macro, and twin flash to see what might be found. Also a flashlight because the camera will not focus on a subject in the dark. Makes it easier to … Continue reading

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09.14.2021 Another happy chase

A Facebook friend mentioned a spot where she saw a couple of dozen Monarchs on some New England Aster this past Saturday.  I decided to see if they repeated the visit yesterday morning and did find a couple.  Those shots … Continue reading

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