Random old butterfly pictures

My first natural passion is birds, but at one point in my life (maybe close to 15 years ago?) I became very interested in butterflies. I needed something to look at when all the birds stop singing and become hard to find later in the day, right? Now I’m getting back into butterflies due to the lepidopteran diversity in the southwest.

I’ve been submitting butterfly sightings to BAMONA (Butterflies and Moths of North America), a database of confirmed sightings. It’s a far cry from eBird, but maybe that’s coming in the future. The records are only presence/absence but must be confirmed by experts by user submitted photographs. Uploading one photograph at a time per sighting gets a little tedious, but it’s all in the name of citizen science.

I went through my old pictures on my hard drive, looking for butterflies and then submitting those pictures. I may as well post them on the blog too.

winter form Eastern Comma, State College, PA in 2007

Zabulon Skipper, Fairfax County, VA in 2007

European Skipper, PA in 2007 (skippers are tough to identify!)

Litte Wood-Saytr, Wisconsin in 2007

Northern Pearly Eye, Wisconsin in 2007

Spicebush Swallowtail chowing down, Old Rag Mountain, VA in 2007

Io Moth, Florida in 2008

Common Wood-Nymph (oddly colored), Michigan in 2008

Dun Skipper, Michigan in 2008

Some kind of Plume Moth, Michigan in 2008

Black Swallowtail raised from a tiny caterpillar, PA in 2008

Zebra Swallowtail, Prince William County, VA in 2009

Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail, Huntingdon County, PA in 2009. This species was recently described in 2002. The Appalachian may be a species resulting from gene mixing between Eastern and Canadian Tiger Swallowtails.

My best guess is a Coronis Fritillary, but these are as tough as skippers. The out of focus photo doesn’t hep either. (Black Hills, SD in 2009)

Milbert’s Tortiseshell, Black Hills, SD in 2009

Marine Blue, Sandia Crest, NM in 2010

Sandia Haistreak, Albuquerque, NM in 2011

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One Response to Random old butterfly pictures

  1. Rebecca Gracey says:

    Great Butterfly photos. Many of those are on my wish list of butterflies to see.

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