Posts Tagged ‘butterflies and moths’

Viceroy butterflies

December 16, 2013

The following photographs show two Viceroy butterflies (Limenitis archippus) spotted during photowalks through Huntley Meadows Park.

Viceroy butterfly (Limenitis archippus)

17 September 2013

A week later, near the same spot …

24 September 2013

24 September 2013

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Black Swallowtail butterfly (male)

October 8, 2012

A Black Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) spotted near the shore of Accotink Bay. This individual is a male.

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Habitat: Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge, a 1,200 acre preserve located at Army Garrison Fort Belvoir, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies

September 7, 2012

Several Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies (Papilio glaucus) feeding on Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) in the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Photo 1 shows a male (on the right) and female (on the left); Photos 2-5 show males. Tiger Swallowtail is the State Insect of Virginia.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (female)

August 24, 2012

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) feeding on Common Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) in the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a female, as indicated by the blue and orange markings on the lower edge of its hindwings. Tiger Swallowtail is the State Insect of Virginia.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (female, dark morph)

August 16, 2012

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) spotted during a photowalk through the “Wildlife Sanctuary,” one of seven small parks in the community of Hollin Hills, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

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This individual is a dark morph female. “Females are dimorphic. The yellow morph differs from the male in having a blue postmedian area on the dorsal hind wing. In the dark morph, the areas that are normally yellow are replaced with dark gray or black.” Source Credit: Wikipedia

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Variegated Fritillary butterfly

August 10, 2012

A Variegated Fritillary butterfly (Euptoieta claudia), a beautiful medium-sized butterfly, spotted during a photowalk through the Children’s Garden at Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School.

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Question Mark butterfly redux(2)

August 6, 2012

A Question Mark butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis), as indicated by the two white marks on the underside of its wings that resemble the punctuation mark of the same name (shown in Photos 2-3). This individual was spotted along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park.

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Comma butterfly redux

July 2, 2012

A Comma butterfly (Polygonia comma) spotted along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. Notice the curved white mark on the underside of the butterfly’s wings that resembles a “comma” punctuation mark.

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See also, Comma butterfly, one of my Posterous photoblog posts.

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Question Mark butterfly redux

June 24, 2012

A Question Mark butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis), as indicated by the two white marks on the underside of its wings that resemble the punctuation mark of the same name (shown in Photo 2 of 2). I spotted this individual during a photowalk through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park.

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Painted Lady butterfly

May 31, 2012

A Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) feeding on Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens). I spotted this individual during a photowalk through Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

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The park manager at Huntley Meadows designated Purple Milkweed as a “plant of interest,” due to the fact that it is officially a rare plant species in the state of Virginia (S2) [see p. 10]. Purple Milkweed plants flower from May to June in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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