Saturday, July 14, 2012

Saturday Butterflies 7.14.2012

Here's a site where you can compare butterfly species side by side. It was helpful in determining whether the big yellow butterfly was an Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail or an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.













UPDATE: Bonus Sunday Great Spangled Fritillary on Bull Thistle flower pictures.







(Cross-posted at Whiskey Fire. Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.)
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21 comments:

mikey said...

Y'know, it occurs to me that when I was a little boy, growing up on the very fringes of the suburbs north of San Francisco, every summer there were lots of BIG, colorful butterflies.

But now I can't remember the last time I saw one.

At least I have an Ocelot, huh?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

You should post some pics, mikey.
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Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Here's a site where you can compare butterfly species side by side

But do they do taste comparisons?

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Substance McGravitas said...

Here's a site where you can compare butterfly species side by side.

They're BOTH corporate shills.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Butterflies: Spiders who are feeling FABULOUS.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...


They're BOTH corporate shills.


golf claps, sir.

Randal Graves said...

What a useless site. Now I'll never know the airspeed velocity of an unladen Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Long ago with vertigo ?

Related.

They're BOTH corporate shills.

Exactly. Nothing more than tools of Big Butterfly, LLC.
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blue girl said...

thunder, geez! These are just GORGEOUS. Bravo!!

Prunella Vulgaris said...

When I worked at the Clevelandia Zoo, they had lizards in the butterfly house that ate all the butterflies. True story.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Thanks, beege!

P.V., that is an awesome anecdote.

"Not only do we have burning rivers, but lizards ate all the butterflies in the butterfly house."
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mikey said...

So we figured we'd just go ahead and let a couple dozen Honey Badgers live in the butterfly house for a while to correct the lizard problem.

Hey. What could possibly go wrong? We get most of our pest-management advice from an old woman who is noted for having once swallowed a fly...

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Exactly. Nothing more than tools of Big Butterfly, LLC.

Heh, Big Nectar...

Max Sartin said...

Insects are fun to get pictures of, they look so different close up like that. Beautiful!

Lisa Shafer said...

You do great with close ups!

Karen S. said...

What marvleous shots...your garden grows well!

Mandos said...

More of that Soviet Socialist sage I see.

Gilly said...

Those butterflies are truly beautiful. Ours in the UK have suffered greatly from the steady downpours we've had this 'summer'.

Those flowers in the Funchal market are, I think, some kind of Chrysanthemum. But I could be totally wrong and they are some exotica native to Madeira!

Carmi Levy said...

It is nothing short of magical that nature is filled with wonders like these. I've always loved butterflies for their ability to wow us on so many levels. Thank you for capturing them so stunningly...orange indeed!

Bob Scotney said...

Great shots of beautiful insects.