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Good morning everyone and I hope you had a nice weekend. Featured today for the 2016 butterflies in review series is another skipper, being the Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) seen here nectaring on Wingstem.


The Fiery Skipper is approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) long with a wing span of 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches (3.2 - 3.8 cm). Males are typically bright orange or yellow with dark spots (as seen above) while females tend to be more brownish in color with less prominent spotting.


The Fiery Skipper ranges from the southern United States south through the West Indies and Central America to Argentina. They cannot survive harsh winters, but each summer migrate north to colonize northern States including southern Ontario, Canada. Most sightings of the Fiery Skipper in the northern areas are usually mid to late summer and early Autumn.


Thank you for stopping by...and I hope you have a truly great day and week.




ISO400, aperture f/10, exposure .002 seconds (1/500) focal length 300mm


Another from Sunday morning.... I couldn't believe it when I walked around the curve of the road and saw this! It was really magical. I wished I'd had a wider lens, but didn't have time to go back and switch lenses.


Really does look better in 'Lightbox' :)


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It's sad to think they'll all be gone soon.


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Assassin bug nymph (Zelus sp.) on wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia)

September 28, 2014

Verona, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania




Today is my birthday. Woo hoo. :) Kind of a dreary day here so far, hoping the sun will come out at some point. Here's a morning glory shot from another dreary day last week.

Lacewing larvae (Chrysopidae) on Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia)

Size: ~0.33-0.50 inch (8-12 mm)

September 25, 2014

West Brownsville, Washington County, Pennsylvania




We've had a little mini heatwave here the past few days with temps in the upper '80s. Come Monday, it'll cool back down and feel like fall again. This guy was out and about yesterday morning, enjoying one of the last warm days.

winter's austere constellations.


Wetmore, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio.

Autumn wildflower growing by the river, native to US

Lacewing larvae (Chrysopidae) on Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia)

Size: ~0.33-0.50 inch (8-12 mm)

September 25, 2014

West Brownsville, Washington County, Pennsylvania




Photographed along a canal path near Frenchtown, New Jersey. :copyright:2011 Eddie Nyul Jr.

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The saddleback caterpillar: (Sibine stimulea) is one of the slug caterpillars: (Limacodidae) which is found in eastern North America and is capable of delivering a painful sting with the numerous stinging hairs, or spines, that adorn its body. This one was photographed on wingstem: (Verbesina alternifolia).


Size: ~0.66 inch (16-17 mm)

August 24, 2013

West Brownsville, Washington County, Pennsylvania

Red and golden maples with wingstem and goldenrod in the foreground.

Inspiration for this head on composition comes from a shot by flickr member Mundo Poco, (Anthony). If you have not seen his excellent work, please check him out. Mark

Yellow Ironweed at the Mississinewa Trail's End, aka wingstem...

These appear to be wildflowers growing in part shade at the Arboretum. I would love some help on the ID. These are the bud just opening. The flowers were daisy shaped.


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Thanks to Vitaly Charny for the help on this one on the Facebook group Butterflies of Alabama, as I had originally misidentified it as Pearl Crescent - Phyciodes tharos - a very common butterfly around here in north Alabama. To separate it from Pearl Crescent, note the the large white spot/band in the the median of the underside of the hing wing. generally seen as a silvery basal band and a white median band, and the dark tip and edge of the upper forewing. Also on the hindwing above, the black submarginal spots are usually but not always surrounded by orange.


Also called Silvery Crescent, Nycteis Crescent, and Streamside Checkerspot.


Found from southern Canada south to Georgia and Texas but absent from much of the Southeastern Coastal Plain. A common and widespread butterfly in the east, especially in moist woodland openings, along streams, and in open, moist deciduous woods. It flies low and perches close to the ground.


Adults seen June-July in northern part of range; March-September in Texas. Usually one flight in June-July in the northern part of the range, two or more southward. Overwinters as a third-instar larva.


Larvae feed on members of the Asteraceae (daisy family) - especially Wingstem (Verbesina) and Sunflower (Helianthus), but also Aster and Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia).

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This was taken with the Pentax DA*55mm lens. This is not a macro lens, but is still pretty sharp.


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in wet ditch at Algonkian Park entrance

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...and much better viewed in the large size.


Good morning. It dawned on me that I hadn't posted any butterfly photos recently so I rummaged through my archives and found these shots of the always beautiful Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme), which I hope you enjoy. Here a female Orange Sulphur is feeding on Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia) a wildflower that typically grows along streams, fields (as here), and open woods. And I like to thank flickr friend Brian who once again was kind enough to help identify this wildflower.


Thank you for visiting...I hope you have a great Friday and weekend. Unfortunately I have a number of errands to run this morning, including an eye examination of all things. So I will not be able to respond to comments as I usually do and will be limited to doing very little visiting until later today.




ISO200, aperture f/6.7, exposure .003 seconds (1/350) focal length 300mm

Verbesina alternifolia, Beaver Marsh, Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

...morning glory?


It's always so nice to find such a vibrant bit of color on a cloudy gloomy morning.


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Verbesina virginica (frostweed, gravel weed, white wingstem, white crownbeard)

Evening light highlighting the red-orange spots on the underside of the Red-spotted Purple, taken in Radford, Va. near my home.

Wingstem a.k.a. Yellow Ironweed seeds at White Alloe Creek Conservation Area/Parkville Nature Sanctuary.

Wing-stem blooms with grasshopper

Verbesina virginica (frostweed, gravel weed, white wingstem, white crownbeard)

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