Yard Critters

Cool spring mornings often offer up somewhat sleepy butterflies and dragonflies, making them the perfect mornings for a walk in the yard.  Treebeard and I enjoyed our breakfast and then took a ramble through the sunny parts of our property.  We didn't venture into the mature woods, we just ambled along the yard and old field sections.  I thought you might enjoy seeing what we saw.  I don't have time to upload all the photos right now.  We'll just have to settle for the butterflies for the moment.

I wasn't able to get a photo of every species that was out this morning but I did manage to get seven of them.

 Common Buckeye

 Clouded Sulphur (unless, of course, it's an Orange Sulphur -- I didn't get a good look and they appear almost identical to me.)
 The ubiquitous Pearl Crescent.  They have been quite abundant this year.

 Variegated Fritillary

This pesky Question Mark wouldn't sit still despite the coolness of the morning.  I did manage to get both the dorsal and ventral field marks in one shot, though, so I can't be too irritated with it :)

 Another butterfly that is quite abundant in the yard this year, the American Lady.

And lastly, a highly uncooperative Red Admiral.  This guys usually go out of their way to pose, but this one was being obstinate.

I'll try to do a follow-up post later to show you what else we found.


KaHolly said...

Red Admirals were everywhere in TX just before I left!! I had lots of fun taking pics of butterflies once my camera was repaired. But it was a hot day and they were on the move!! But I captured a few that are'new for me'!

Anonymous said...

You seem to know butterflies very well. I cannot identify this one: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150790933509270&set=a.10150790926684270.416842.783869269&type=1&theater

Some kind of Brushfoot I would say. Any idea?

swamp4me said...

the Red Admirals have been very abundant this year. I led a hike earlier this week and had 10 in a space of about 30 feet.

I wasn't able to open the link to the photograph. It may be because of the security setting on your photo or it could be that FB is just acting up (as usual!).

Anonymous said...

Ooops! This shoudl work better: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150790933509270&l=52a61c0010

swamp4me said...

That's not one I am familiar with. I have some friends who might know, though. If you could tell me when and where the picture was taken and give me permission to pass the photo on, I think I can probably find someone to ID it.