Tag Archives: Fall

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

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

Morning Glory, Back Yard

You may have noticed I have a thing for Morning Glories. I bought and planted a packet of seeds in the spring. I was excited when a few vines sprouted. Then, nothing. All summer long.

About two weeks ago Ted spotted one bloom at the top of the arbor. I was happy I hadn’t take the vine down. The vines grew. Then suddenly this:

Blue Morning Glories on Arbor
Blue Morning Glories on Arbor in the Rain

For any non-gardeners, these are one day blooms that will be shriveled up by the end of the day.

Blue Morning Glory Blossom
Blue Morning Glory Blossom

We had some rain shortly after the sun came up which made some interesting patterns.

Blue Morning Glory Blossom
Blue Morning Glory Blossom

This one lagged behind opening.

Blue Morning Glory Blossom
Blue Morning Glory Blossom

The blossom itself is quite delicate, I’m not sure what caused this damage.

Torn Blue Morning Glory Blossom
Torn Blue Morning Glory Blossom

I do hope the plant can take a touch of frost; the weather forecast is predicting 38 F (3 C) for tonight. Not that they are ever wrong!

Taken Sunday, November 1, 2020

 

Butterfly Caterpillar

Online searches leads me to think these are Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillars. The color (brown not green) and behavior (daytime eating not daytime sleeping) doesn’t exactly match what I’ve read and I’d be happy to have any input.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar
Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar, False Eyespots

The false “eyespots,” presumed to scare off predators are correct for the Spicebush Swallowtail.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar
Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

The caterpillar’s real eyes are pinpoint size and somewhere near the mouth.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar
Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

These caterpillars  could be known as “eating machines” which is how I happened to notice them as previously robust plants are now sticks.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar
Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

I don’t know if these patio pots have enough acceptable foliage to support the five caterpillars I saw to their next stage. I’ll look for them again tomorrow.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar
Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar