Saturday, August 31, 2013
Beach Buttefly Extravaganza
And then, another female, this one, which clearly shows the red and black "bulls-eye" on the hind wings that is the easiest diagnostic sign. It's similar to the Spicebush Swallowtail. Both are blacker than the black morph of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, and a little smaller, and have a double row of orange spots on the rear under-wings. The Spicebush has the classic "comet" mark, but the Black has the complete row, with a little "pile up" of orange dots.
A good specimen of the black morph of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (as I've explained before, all the black morphs of this species are female, but both males and females come in yellow. Compare the wing markings to the female Black Swallowtail two
A much better look at an American Snout(Libytheana carinenta) than the one I got a few weeks ago.
I got a little frustrated trying to catch the Snout with his wings open, so I resorted to a tactic I try to avoid, catching the butterfly, and getting it to open them...
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton), but I'll submit it to butterfliesandmoths.org just to be sure. But the markings are about right, and nothing else likely looks as good.
Same butterfly; I just liked the shot.
I noticed this while I was photographing the one above. Not a butterfly, it's a moth. I found one last year, and I thought I remembered it being an Amaranth Moth, but that doesn't google up... Later maybe.
Update: Corrected by Butterfliesandmoths.org already.
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui). From the side...
And from the top.
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos). At one point, I thought I had a new little one, but it turned out to be a badly faded and tattered Pearl Crescent.
Polygonia comma). This one seems to have lost one rear wing, but it didn't slow it down.
Which might make this one...
See the tiny white dot with the "comma" mark? That's about the only difference I can find.
I saw lots more butterflies up in those weeds, including the Spicebush, the Azures, the hairstreaks,