11 April 2010

Final Four; more bugs!

As promised, here's a less morbid bug post. These leps are alive!

Bordered Patches (Chlosyne lacinia) are among our favorite bugs, not that we're generally too biased. My first experience with them was at South Llano River State Park, floating downstream in a cloud of bluets (tiny blue damselflies). Every patch of mud along the banks had a flutter of shocking black-and-orange; a burst of color where none was expected. The under wing is a fabulous pattern of black and muted whitish tones.

Since most of our leps for the day were patches and crescents, the only other spark of diversity I can offer (beyond the dogface saga) is a Common/White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis/albescens). The photo below had to be rotated twice. That's just how I roll - have to get the bug where it is and any way I can! (In the spirit of full transparency, this is very much a ground-level butterfly... to be at or below its level is an anomaly and there's no way I could pass up the opportunity!)

Not bad, all things considered. Looking at it upside-down was just too disorienting to post, but I suppose it would have added artistic flair and some sort of bold statement to our blog. Alas, it has been presented in a plain and easily viewable format. In fact, that photo wasn't even taken through binoculars, as many of my photos are.

Vesta/Graphic Crescent (Phyciodes graphica), alone on a chip of bark.

Not taken through binoculars either; just with old-fashioned belly crawling and macro.

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