Butterflies and Associates

July 3rd, 2009

A mostly-pictures post with all of last Friday’s butterfly photos. With any luck I can repeat the exercise today. Butterflies are fluttering and dragonflies are zipping and hovering all over the garden and meadow at this time of year. I find dragonflies to be much harder to photograph than butterflies.

You’ve already seen the Great Spangled Fritillary, but this is a different shot.
Great Spangled Fritillary
I created a Flickr account several months ago and have been posting photos there as well as to Picasaweb. The photo above is posted at Flickr.

This American Lady butterfly was nectaring on Spotted Knapweed too, but then flew off to rest in a Juniper tree.

Two different kinds of Oregano are in bloom and both are very popular with the butterflies and bees. This is an Orange Sulphur on the purple/pink flowered Oregano. I think the botanical name is Origanum vulgare, but Oregano taxonomy is confusing at best.

Here’s a Cabbage White on the same Oregano. A very common butterfly, probably the most common butterfly in my garden, but check out the bee about to come in for a landing.

On the white-flowered Oregano, I found a Gray Hairstreak…

…which seems to be the same individual I photographed earlier in the meadow. Notice the same notch out of one wing.

Now we come to the Skippers. They still drive me to despair trying to identify them. Any idea which one this is?

These two, I believe, are Least Skippers. There should be more of them around for future study.

OK, that’s it for the butterflies. Now we have the associates. 2007 was the first summer I planted lots and lots of Verbena bonariensis. Suddenly, it became easy to photograph clearwing moths because they just can’t get enough Verbena nectar. They’re so attracted to it that they let me get very close with the camera. This is a Snowberry Clearwing Moth.

And, lastly, a new-to-me dragonfly. This – a Banded Pennant – is small compared to some of the helicopter-sized ones I haven’t yet been able to photograph.
Banded Pennant

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