No clouds today

The sunshine was in full force! Indeed, this must be why the butterflies were out this morning along the roadside.

First stop yielded my only sighting today of an American Bumblebee (Bombus pensylvanicus) on Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa ssp interior)!

A Variegated Fritillary!

Second stop was a roadside next to a LBJ grasslands unit! I was checking it out to locate a native rose, but was unable to find it.

No rose, but certainly the butterflies were taking advantage of the sunshine! This is Horace’s Duskywing on a Prairie Bluet.

A few steps further at more Prairie Bluets, was the Oak Hairstreak!

Also in the neighborhood was a Sachem!

A Delaware Skipper and a Dark Flower Scarab (Euphoria sepulcralis) were in competition.

The skipper just ran over the scarab, but beetle did not budge!

Another beautiful Horace’s Duskywing!

Swaying in the wind on Greenthread, an American Snout was not bothered and hung on to its meal!

Likewise for the Southern Dogface on the Prairie Gaillardia (Gaillardia aestivalis)!

Eastern tailed-blue! Several of the butterflies were puddling at this next and final stop of the morning. Beautiful morning!

Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.

6 Comments

  1. I noticed today that my one large Bluet plant in my backyard was covered in butterflies. About a dozen of a Sulphur species, one that is lemon yellow not orange, no brown or black on the inside and no spots on the outside that were visible without going out there to them. And Reakirts Blues. Not much else for nectar so this one very large plant was seeing a lot of action.
    Twice this week we put the game camera on our fox den. Frankie Fox has 5 babies. They seem more like kittens than puppies and oh so cute. Am hoping for more videos tonight to see how they are doing. I posted me holding a baby armadillo on Facebook earlier this week also. With all the tragedy down here I sure am glad to have baby animals to focus on.

    1. Kathy, That is great about your butterflies and Bluet. I wish our Bluets were covered. Here we have maybe one of the best years for bluet in our field and still hard to find insects on them 🙁 Very cute to hear about Frankie Fox. Maybe you will get some good shots. Yes, the tragedy just breaks the heart.

  2. I have only seen one bumblebee in my yard this year and didn’t get a picture because SOME DOG walked through “hello whatcha doin” 🙂

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