Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Mud Dauber & Butterflies

It's been a busy few weeks with little time to fully process photos and post some results. Maybe things will calm down.

I begin with a Black and Yellow Mud Dauber which intrigued in the field and on the monitor. IDing any insect takes a lot of research. My first conclusion was a wasp that has not previously been reported in Vermont. Eventually I found my way to AllExperts.com, a very helpful resource. My ID question was answered by Eric Eaton who wrote the Kaufman Guide to Insects ...

Black and Yellow Mud Dauber

Black and Yellow Mud Dauber
After the wasp, butterflies are a piece of cake. Here's a sampling from recent weeks ... beginning with the White Admiral which has been abundant in some of the areas I roam about.

White Admiral

White Admiral
Fritillarys have enlivened the garden and fields, sometimes with more than one species working the same flowers ...

Meadow Fritillary

Atlantis Fritillarys
Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary
Skippers can be very difficult to identify, with a few exceptions, such as the Silver-spotted Skipper ...

Silver-spotted Skipper
Enjoy these summer days!

3 comments:

Linda said...

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing this beauty and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

Cindy L said...

Love the butterfly photos! I am raising Monarch's. hopefully! here's my progress:
http://countrycitycindy.blogspot.com/2015/08/monarch-caterpillars-are-growing.html

Cindy

JRandSue said...

Fantastic collection,loved viewing.
John.

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