Saturday, May 30, 2015

butterfly counting catch-up post


Four different days covered here, starting last Saturday and ending Thursday. I will make a separate post for a walk at the other area which I did today -- the wildlife management area close to the lake featured in a previous post.

Don't forget that you can click open any photo for a larger view and then have the option to click through a slide presentation.

I'm getting Stendhal's syndrome from photographing and attempting to identify skippers, but I think I'm dealing mainly with Zabulon Skippers, and mainly male Zabulon. Silver-Spotted Skippers are the easiest to identify now -- probably the largest skipper species in this region?

Saturday, May 23, around Lake Kittamaqundi. Counted maybe over a dozen skippers, probably mostly male Zabulon. Early evening. (This is the same day I photographed and made a video of the mating black rat snakes next to the path, a couple of posts ago.)





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Monday, May 25: Already posted this Eastern Comma....




Tuesday, May 26: Probably the same Eastern Comma individual at the same place and time on the lake path.


A lot of this going on: Either Summer Azures or Eastern Tailed-Blues (ETB's) are fluttering around and allowing no photo ops. This one landed, but you can't see whether it has the orange spot on the hind wing which signals ETB.


 
 

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Thursday, May 28

Three Spicebush Swallowtails at the Lake in the morning. My photos show the same individual in flight and nectaring on honeysuckle.





Following, on the same walk -- the same day that I photographed the oriole singing and preening in another recent post. Best shots of individual; no more than one shot of each. If I post more than one individual of the same species, it's helping me keep count. Some of these may have to be labelled correctly later...


Silver-Spotted Skipper



Least Skipper?






Two male Zabulon Skippers



A Sulphur. After fluttering around a bit, this one stayed put on this grass for a while, allowing several shots, albeit obstructed. I wonder if it's a female laying eggs.



Another male Zabulon Skipper.



Eupatorium species all around the lake will bloom later this summer, and maybe they will attract more of the larger butterflies than last summer.


Another Silver-Spotted skipper, in flight.