Tag Archives: Butterfly

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle, Year 2

About a mile or so from where I saw the Black Swallowtail Butterflies for my post from March of 2020 I saw a similar scene April 12.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

This year’s thistle flowers were a bit past their prime.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

And the butterfly was showing some signs of wear, or a battle.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

The wing tears did not impair his mobility, as he nimbly circled around the plant checking each of the spidery blooms.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Thistle

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

Butterfly: Brown or White?

It’s all in your perspective, and maybe influenced by your specimen. The wide variations in nature are amazing.

I had searched for “Brown Butterfly” to identify this new to me butterfly and even used that to name my post. I didn’t find any matches.

White Peacock Butterfly
White Peacock Butterfly

It turns out it is identified using white as the primary color: the White Peacock Butterfly. If I had seen this second butterfly photographed later the same day first I might have searched differently. Or maybe not!

White Peacock Butterfly
White Peacock Butterfly

White Peacock Butterfly on Honeysuckle

After first seeing the butterfly from my post Brown Butterfly I spotted another White Peacock Butterfly at the other end of the dike. This second specimen does appear to have more white than brown as his primary color. My next post will compare the two.

White Peacock Butterfly
White Peacock Butterfly

In addition to the surprise of the butterfly I did not expect to see honeysuckle still in bloom.

White Peacock Butterfly
White Peacock Butterfly

The honeysuckle was quite fragrant and the butterfly worked it from all angles.

White Peacock Butterfly
White Peacock Butterfly

Brown Butterfly

This beautiful brown butterfly was working the edge of the dike that passes between a pond and a marsh area. He seemed more interested in resting than feeding.
Brown Butterfly
Brown Butterfly

I’ve searched through several online butterfly identification resources but haven’t come up with a match.

Edit: White Peacock Butterfly. I was searching for brown butterfly with white, and this is officially a white butterfly with brown. Thank you, Hans Wikström https://livifriluft.com/ .

Brown Butterfly
Brown Butterfly

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
November 13, 2020