Tuesday, July 12, 2011

More Leps

This past Saturday Patty and I wandered about Palmyra Cove Nature Park looking for butterflies. We found some.

Cabbage Whites were out in force. Dozens on any plant that was in bloom.

Which sometimes led to altercations.

It was in the mid-nineties Fahrenheit and some, (the smarter ones?), were hanging out in the shade.

I don't know what this one is, so feel free to let me know in the comments.

This is a rather worn Horace's Duskywing skipper. But he seemed to have no problems flying about. Especially when we tried to photograph it.

Silver-spotted Skippers, while not as common as the Cabbage Whites, were well represented in the park's gardens. And as more typical for skippers, would hold a pose long enough to get several shots.

Another skipper which was kind enough to hold a pose.

And another for which I do not know the species.

And then there was this fellow.

Clearly not a butterfly. But surprisingly it is a moth. A Sphinx moth. Specifically a Snowberry Clearwing.

I know them as hummingbird moths, and they dart from flower to flower like their namesakes. And like their namesakes they are difficult to photograph.


The heat limited our time in the park, and we didn't wander all that far form the visitor center. And that limited the number of species we saw. But we had fun and look forward to our next Lepidoptera adventure. I'll keep you posted.


Anonymous said...

A veritable Bonanza, I would say!

Chesney said...

Beautiful captures Steve...and I love that little hummingbird..not sure I have ever seen a black and white one!