Monday, June 10, 2013

Flies - Butter, Dragon, Damsel

There are lots of winged creatures which attract the attention of the fraternity/sorority of binocular toters and camera pointers.

Here are a some in the "FLY" category, beginning with a few in my backyard ...


Pearl Crescent
Tawny-edged Skipper (note extended probosis

Tawny-edged Skipper (note the "curled" probosis)
A new area of exploration and learning for me are dragonflies and damselflies. Please consider these IDs to be tentative. If you can confirm or correct the IDs, your input will be much appreciated.

Blue Corporal
Northern Bluet

Blue Corporal - female (but very tentative ID)
An editorial comment: Butterfly guides are beginning to approach the usefulness and quality of bird guides. Not so the guides to dragonflies and damselflies. I have several, and they are exercises in frustration. Somewhere I hope there is a Peterson/Sibley/Kaufman for these fascinating creatures.

Good Birding ... or butterflying, dragonflying, or whatever!!

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