Posts Tagged ‘butterflies and moths’

Question Mark butterfly

May 15, 2012

A Question Mark butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis) spotted during a photowalk through Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. One of two “punctuation mark” butterflies, the Question Mark is so named because of the question mark that appears on the underside of its wings; Comma butterflies (Polygonia c-album) feature a comma shape on the underside of their wings. See also “Comma butterfly,” one of my Posterous photoblog posts.

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Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

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Swallowtail butterfly: three- and four-panel diptychs

December 3, 2011

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The preceding gallery shows diptychs of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) feeding on Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), a species of milkweed. This battle-scarred individual is missing one of his tails and a few chunks of its wings.

The diptychs (shown above), appropriately entitled “Catch a Tiger by the Tail,” were created using Aperture and Diptic  app for Apple iOS mobile devices. I still can’t decide whether I prefer a black- or white border — what do you think?

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Duskywing Skipper butterfly

October 21, 2011

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A Duskywing Skipper — a brownish-black, medium-size butterfly — feeding on Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea sp.). I spotted the butterfly during a photowalk through the Children’s Garden, Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School. This butterfly is either a Juvenal’s Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis) or a Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius). According to Ken Larsen, a well-known local butterfly expert, timing is everything:

The Juvenal’s is an early breed (until June or July) and the Horace’s is a later breed (July or later). If the picture were taken in July, then it is anyone’s guess.

Since the photos were taken on June 20th, it seems more likely this is a Juvenal’s Duskywing.

Photos 1, 3, 5, and 7 were cropped to highlight the butterfly; Photos 2, 4, 6, and 8 are the original photographs.

Tech Tips: Apple “Aperture,” a professional-grade tool for organizing and adjusting photos, was used to crop and adjust Photos 2, 4, 6, and 8 during post-processing.

Silver-spotted Skipper butterfly

September 22, 2011

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A Silver-spotted Skipper butterfly (Epargyreus clarus) feeding on Zinnia flowers (Zinnia sp.), spotted during a photowalk through the Children’s Garden, Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School. Silver-spotted Skipper is one of the easier-to-identify Skipper butterflies.

Red-spotted Purple butterfly

August 17, 2011

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A Red-spotted Purple butterfly (Limenitis arthemis astyanax) spotted during a photowalk through Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. The Red-spotted Purple is a blackish-blue butterfly with iridescent blue markings on the upper side of its wings (as shown in Photo 1 of 2), and red spots on the underside of its wings (as shown in Photo 2 of 2). This individual was spotted along the edge of a large forested area, drinking water from a parking lot puddle.

Comma butterfly

July 2, 2011

Mating Sulphur butterflies

June 28, 2011

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A mating pair of Sulphur butterflies (Colias sp.) spotted during a photowalk through the Children’s Garden at Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Small Cabbage White butterfly

June 22, 2011

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I spotted a Small Cabbage White butterfly (Pieris sp.) feeding on an unknown plant during a photowalk through the Children’s Garden at Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School. This individual is a female, as indicated by two black spots on the center of its forewings. (Males have one black spot on their forewings.)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

June 12, 2011

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During a photowalk through the Children’s Garden at Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School I spotted an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) feeding on Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), a species of milkweed. This individual is a male, as indicated by the absence of blue and orange markings on the lower edge of its hindwings.

Tiger Swallowtail is the State Insect of Virginia. Who knew? I didn’t, that is, until I discovered a list of U.S. state insects.

Small Cabbage White Butterfly on Cabbage Plants

June 10, 2011

On 10 June 2011, I photographed a cluster of 43 Small Cabbage White butterfly eggs on the underside of a cabbage plant leaf. (Yes, I counted them.) In the following gallery, Photo 1 of 2 is a copy of the original photograph, annotated to highlight the egg cluster; Photo 2 of 2 is the original photograph. Apple Preview was used to annotate the photo.

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