Tag Archives: Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary on Statice

This was the first Gulf Fritillary I’ve seen this summer, one of just a few total butterflies I’ve noticed.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

The wild purple statice, a non-native that grows along roadsides, in disturbed areas and old fields, seems to be thriving everywhere.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

This stand of statice was along the side of a pond and the butterfly worked the tops, the road and pond side, and down into the depths of the plant which in some places was over my head.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

June 26, 2020
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

A patch of thistle was growing at the edge of a parking area at Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Cuddo Unit. I suspect it was planted or at least encouraged by human intervention: it was a little too neat to be just wild.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle, Bee Photobomber

An assortment of insects were working the thistle blooms, with a Black Swallowtail standing out.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

The blooms were in all stages of development, some well on their way to releasing seeds for a new crop.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

Black Swallowtail

A pair of Black Swallowtails were doing their thing along the edge of a pond.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Quick poses then flitting along at full speed constituted much of the action.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Then they stopped for an interaction, somewhat shielded from my view by tall grass.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Pair
Black Swallowtail Butterfly Pair

I liked the intersection of the curlicue vine with the butterfly’s antennae and the nicer view of the blue wing spots in this last image.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

April 28. 2020

Pearl Crescent Butterfly

I’ve used the ButterfliesandMoths.org website to help identify this butterfly where the Pearl Crescent description starts off:

Identification: Quite variable.

Pearl Crescent Butterfly
Pearl Crescent Butterfly

The other factors of size (Wing Span: 1 1/4 Р1 3/4 inches (3.2 Р4.5 cm), habitat and range seem to fit, so I give this as a probably ID.

Pearl Crescent Butterfly
Pearl Crescent Butterfly

I regret that I didn’t notice the water drops on the blade of grass at the time and get a better composition. However, I had just narrowly avoided stepping on a large black snake and I wasn’t keen on moving into the tall grass.

Pearl Crescent Butterfly
Pearl Crescent Butterfly

March 26, 2020
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

The four or five Swallowtails flitting around these thistle plants flew off when I drove by. I had room to stop, walked back and waited.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

After a few minutes one returned and continued probing the thistle.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

These butterflies were competing with some other flying insects, the tail end of one can be seen here sticking up out of the flower.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Palamedes Swallowtail Butterfly

Red was the favorite for this  Palamedes Swallowtail as he zipped around the brilliant Lantana blossoms.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana
Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana

This garden area had some orange and pink zinnias and other annuals but this butterfly kept coming back to the red.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana
Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana

Head on images of wildlife rarely end up looking good, but I liked this view with the wings folded and antennae out.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana
Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana

The butterfly then turned a bit to the side showing off his long legs. If you zoom in you can see he’s picked up some pollen in his travels, too.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana
Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana

Click any image for a larger view. 

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, August 27, 2019.