Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Five Species In One Hour

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Mourning Cloak Butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa)

This was the year for lilacs. Both of my old bushes were magnificent this year. The air around the entire house smelled of lilac. The diversity and quantity of insects that came to feed on the bushes was outstanding. At one time we would have two dozen swallowtails and many more of other species. There were other insects, also, and I will deal with them in another post. This post is only for the five species of butterflies that I found in one day on one bush in one hour. So far this season, I have identified two new butterflies for my photographic collection. One of the new ones is here — the Dreamy Duskywing.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

I couldn't decide which swallowtail photo to post!

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

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Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)

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Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus)

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Odd Shot of the Dreamy Duskywing in flight.

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Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae)

Watch for my next posts because I have some exciting photographs to share! I love bugs! How many species have you seen on one plant at one time?

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