Tag Archives: Butterfly

Black Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush

Helping the Butterfly Bush live up to its name a Black Swallowtail was enjoying the blooms.

Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail, Canon 100-400 mm Lens at 158mm

I may have mentioned this before, but I have not seen many butterflies of any kind so far this summer.

Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail, Canon 100mm Macro Lens

This one was a real beauty and a light breeze did not deter him from feeding.

Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail, Canon 100mm Macro Lens

American Painted Lady on Butterfly Bush

This brilliant purple butterfly bush was attracting a half dozen American Painted Ladies.

American Painted Lady Butterfly
American Painted Lady Butterfly on Butterfly Bush

Depending on the reference they are called or just American Lady.

American Painted Lady Butterfly
American Painted Lady Butterfly on Butterfly Bush

In typical butterfly fashion they were flitting all around the bush.

American Painted Lady Butterfly
American Painted Lady Butterfly on Butterfly Bush

I didn’t get a very good capture of the upper side of the wings, but here’s a glimpse that shows how different the colors and patterns are.

American Painted Lady Butterfly
American Painted Lady Butterfly

May 28, 2021

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