Sunrise

The sunrise show was fleeting on this morning at the end of October but the sky phenomenon of the light  rays was pretty interesting.

Sunrise, Mary's House Pond, Bear Island
Sunrise, Mary’s House Pond, Bear Island

We jumped back into the car and continued on to where we thought we might see some birds, arriving about twenty minutes later. The bird show didn’t last long, either, as flocks of birds took to the sky as the day lightened.

Sunrise and the Birds
Sunrise and the Birds

October 30, 2020
Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC

Long-tailed Skipper Butterfly

Long-tailed Skipper Butterfly was one of at least five butterfly species I saw on November 13  at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area.

Long-tailed Skipper on Morning Glory
Long-tailed Skipper on Morning Glory

All in, these smaller butterflies took full advantage of the tubular Morning Glory blossoms.

Long-tailed Skipper on Morning Glory
Long-tailed Skipper on Morning Glory

There was some competition, including a number of bees as the morning warmed up.

Long-tailed Skipper on Statice
Long-tailed Skipper on Statice

Also seen November 13, 2020

White Peacock Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

 

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly was one of at least five butterfly species I saw on November 13  at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area.

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Morning Glory
Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Morning Glory

There were actually dozens of them along the road, zipping in and out of the Morning Glories.

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Morning Glory
Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Morning Glory

Zoom in on this last image and you’ll see some sort of a multi-segmented insect between the two Morning Glory blooms that I did not see at the time.

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Morning Glory
Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Morning Glory

Also seen November 13, 2020

White Peacock Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary

 

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary was one of at least five butterfly species I saw on November 13  at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area.

Gulf fritillary
Gulf Fritillary, Upside Down on Statice

As the morning warmed up more of them appeared.

Gulf fritillary
Gulf Fritillary In the Grass

The bank between the dike road and the big pond which has a variety of wild flowers and scrubby vegetation was attracting a lot of action.

Gulf fritillary
Gulf Fritillary Leaving Statice

Finally, a closed-wing view, showing off the underside of the Fritillary’s wing. Look close and you’ll see some fly action on the yellow blossom.

Gulf fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Also seen November 13, 2020

White Peacock Butterfly