Butterflies

June 2nd, 2010

… in pictures …

… all taken at Tangled Branches South over the last few days …

Tiger Swallowtail, dark form

Tiger Swallowtail comes in two color schemes. This is the black version, a bit worn.

Tiger Swallowtail

And is this the more-familiar yellow version of the Tiger Swallowtail.

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur also comes in two color schemes. This is the yellow version.

Clouded Sulphur, white form

And this is the white version of Clouded Sulphur. It's very unusual to get a good look at the upper surface of their wings.

Orange Sulphur

A lucky shot of the upper side of an Orange Sulphur, proving that it IS an Orange Sulphur. They look a lot like Clouded Sulphur when their wings are folded.

Clouded Sulphur

Back to the yellow Clouded Sulphur again for a peek at the upper surface of the wings.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary, slightly worn. I saw a very fresh one today.

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak, a small butterfly, on Horehound.

Eastern Tailed Blue

Eastern Tailed Blue, another small butterfly, on White Clover.

Hoary Edge

Hoary Edge. At first glance looks much like a Silver Spotted Skipper.

Silver Spotted Skipper

Silver Spotted Skipper, so named for the large white (silver?) spot on the hindwing.

Red Spotted Purple

I took this picture from the front porch. The Red Spotted Purple was on a tree across the yard. Check out the bee. It maybe be a European Hornet, but hard to tell.

Cabbage White

This is why I don't grow broccoli. Cabbage White, the most common butterfly in my garden.

Seen, but not photographed:

  • Monarch
  • Painted Lady (probably; if not then it was an American Lady)
  • Little Wood Satyr
  • a zillion confusing little brown skippers
  • Red Admiral (landed on my shirt and stayed a while)

Hoary Edge

Typical butterfly photography session. "Nyah, nyah - can't catch me!"

9 Responses to “Butterflies”

  1. Sandy says:

    Wow, these are good. I like the last one, for the face. Would you call that a tongue? I have lots of sulphurs, but they are too hyper to land. The only one we don’t have up here that you posted is the Hoary Edge. Great photos!

    • entangled says:

      Well, I say it’s a tongue, but the books say it’s a proboscis. It still looks like a tongue sticking out to me 😉

  2. Tabor says:

    These are very nice and I like how you identify and point out the differences for those of us who just drift through our gardens.

    • entangled says:

      5 or 6 years ago I couldn’t identify any butterflies except monarchs. I’m learning….

  3. Wendy says:

    Wow! I really don’t see much at all. Don’t know what the problem is. All I see are little white butterflies – that might actually be moths. How lucky are you – and what a great and patient photographer you are!

    • entangled says:

      Try Verbena bonariensis – you should see tons of butterflies, clear-wing moths, & hummingbirds. But right now, the butterflies are ignoring the verbena in favor of the lavender. This is the first time I’ve noticed that. I think when the lavender is finished, they’ll be back for the verbena. I should add that if you don’t deadhead the verbena, you’ll also have tons of verbena – it’s an enthusiastic seed-maker.

  4. Tabor says:

    I just posted a swallowtail on my FB page. Yours are lovely. They are totally uninterested in my lavender by love my zinnias…!

    • entangled says:

      I only have one zinnia flower open so far – hoping for a lot more butterflies when they’re all in bloom.
      I think I may be the last person on the planet without a FB account…

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