Butterfly Among Zinnias

This is the time of year that I love most! Note how the skipper is deploying its proboscis, also known as a coiled tube. The butterfly eats like a person sucking on a straw in a milkshake.

There’s a lovely online field guide for butterflies. This is a skipper, a silver-spotted skipper to be exact. It’s scientific name is Epargyreus clarus. I took these photos less than an hour ago. I’ve been relying on my iPhone quite a bit lately. I vow henceforth to carry my Cannon Rebel with me everywhere I go.

Published by Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Maxwell, Nigel, Pirouette and GarGar.

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