Butterfly: September 23, 2022

I’m not sure if this is a swallowtail or a fritillary. Like so many of his brethren, by this time of the year, most butterflies start to look a bit rough for wear. Note the little pieces of its wings that are missing at the bottom.

Butterfly: September 9, 2022

God bless Queen Elizabeth II! I’m not even British and yet I’m devastated. I wish that I could lay some flowers at the gate to Buckingham Palace. We can expect to see a dramatic uptick in the number of babies (girl babies, that is) who will be named Elizabeth. I think it’s a nice name. It means, “My God is an oath.” I have a sister named Elizabeth, but none of us call her that. She answers to Babbette.

I captured this beautiful Diana Fritillary this morning when it was still fairly cool, especially for this time of the year. I’m not 100% certain that this is a Diana Fritillary. It could just as easily be a Black Swallowtail. Are there any Lepidoptera experts out there?

Any ideas? Please leave your suggestion in the comments section. Thanks to all for chipping in!

Butterfly: September 8, 2022

I’m fairly certain that this is a member of the Sulfur clan. There’s a variety called Pink Edged, and they are fairly rare. Often, the outer edge fades, but the circle on the wing maintains its pigment longer. So as a shot in the dark, I’m calling this fellow a Silver Edged Sulfur. If anyone else has some input on this, please leave a comment! We love comments!

Butterfly: September 2, 2022

This is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. The poor thing has definitely been through some trauma, but it can still fly. I thought it was being surprisingly friendly, willing to pose for me with my intrusive iPhone 11. Now I realize that it’s probably just a bit worn out. It’s probably a bit more difficult for it to get about as compared to one of his own with wings that are completely intact. By this time of year, I start to see many butterflies with wings that have seen better days. It was small for an adult, but perhaps that’s to be expected. It may not be able to harvest as much nectar as a healthy Eastern Tiger.

Butterfly: August 30, 2022

I believe this is a Silver-edged Fritillary. I took this photo yesterday.

UPDATE: This is the second photo that I posted. I removed the first one because this was a better capture. Thanks! RS

Butterfly: August 23, 2022

I snapped this yesterday using my iPhone 11. I think it’s smashing! I can remember when I was a boy, around this time of year, the trees would literally be covered with monarch butterflies. I love how the edges of their wings match the markings on their bodies.

Butterfly: Yellow Swallowtail, August 17, 2022

So far this summer, I’ve seen quite a few of these yellow swallowtails. I saw this one just a couple of hours ago. I took this picture with my iPhone 11. I’m just now starting to see the occasional monarch. I’m seeing skippers everywhere.