Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fiery Skipper

My contribution to Eileeninmd's Saturday's Critters #75. Here are a couple of Fiery Skippers from Ashburn, Va.


I saw several of these hummingbird moths (Snowberry Clearwing, Hemaris diffinis), but it was very difficult to get a picture. They never hold still! You can see the right wing and side of this one (best to open it in a new window and click the '+' symbol.)

Mrs. Cardinal was too far away for my 5X optical zoom to get great pixels, but she's so perky I'm putting her up:

Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.
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31 comments:

✿ chica said...

Adorei o Mr Cardinal! Lindo fim de semana,abraços,chica

eileeninmd said...

I like the Skippers and the Clearwing. And the Cardinal is pretty. Great post and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Karen S. said...

What a precious photo of her, even at a distance, she is certainly attentive to something going on. Lovely captures for critters, except, did I hear a bark, bark...BARK! Yes, I think I did...!

Rajesh said...

Very colorful moths on the flower.

TexWisGirl said...

i love the skippers! such neat butterflies. the clearwings are awesome, too!

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of the Butterflies and the Cardinal.
Perfect photographed, my compliments.
I wish you a very nice weekend.
Best regards, Irma

Phil Slade said...

Very nice Fiery Skipper - a lovely name too. Yes, the hummingbird hawk moths never stay still enough for me either.

By the way, I'm thinking the Almohad invaders took the hedgehogs along for food!

Caroline Gill said...

Lovely post. I'm hoping to get some Skippers in my garden soon, if the dandelions outwit the lawnmower!

Margaret Adamson said...

Love the Skipper and Clearwing as well as the female Cardinal. Have a wonderful weekend.

Gunilla Bäck said...

The skippers are very pretty! Have a happy weekend.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What beautiful colors on the Skipper! WOW! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs, Diane

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Thanks, everybody!

I saw a Luna Moth tonight!

Did not get pics, but I was thinking about them. I'm in W.V. right now, here are my pics of an Imperial Moth from here back in 2012 (bottom 3 pics).
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orchid Miyako said...

Hi, Dear friend; Both Skippers and the Clearwing are new to me♪♪♪ Your Mrs. Cardinal looks like having sweet "noticing you" eye. Wish I can see more varieties of critters in my area -;)

Sincerely from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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Hannah said...

I love skippers with their big eyes, they seem friendlier and more approachable than most butterflies.

Nancy Chan said...

I could never get a photo of a moth or butterfly...they never keep still.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

That is one fuzzy butterfly! I love Mrs Cardinal's punkish crest.

Gert said...

Love the skipper and the MaMa Cardinal.

lina@happy family said...

Pretty bird and butterfly.
You surely miss Max often. Thanks for dropping by.

NatureFootstep said...

I havn´t seen any Skippers yet. It´s been quite chilly where I live :( Nice shots.

Cloudia said...

Lovely!







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EG CameraGirl said...

The fiery slipper is new to me. Very pretty.

laurak/ForestWalkArt :) said...

i love those little skippers!! great shots...even of the Clearwing! beautiful!!

(oh, and BTW...yes, the Luna is another incredibly awesome moth!!) :)

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

They are so cute!!!!

Jim H. said...

Good stuff

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

You did very well to capture that hummingbird moth! Beautiful butterfly and flowers too.

Vanessa Morgan said...

Pretty.

Sharon Wagner said...

So pretty!

Jeevan said...

Superb captures and wonderful close-up detail on the fiery skippers. Beautiful Cardinal!

Marie C said...

How lovely! I especially love the way the skipper looks against that white flower. And the bird is beautiful as well!

Stewart M said...

Great pictures of the butterflies - that clearwing is a wonderful looking insect.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne