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Old Oct 19, 2009, 4:22 PM   #1
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To day is such a Georges day! low 70's, bright sunshine, slightly breezy... Fall is in the air but, the funny thing is, I saw more insects out today than I did all summer.
I'm not sure what species this is, it lit on this flower and was gone in a flash! I was surprised this came out as well as it did.




This gulf frit wouldn't hold still for a second... about 15ft away


He did land a little closer for about 1 sec.

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Old Oct 19, 2009, 5:22 PM   #2
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Pretty good shot, but strictly speaking, No 1 isn't a butterfly - it is one of the Skippers. Some authorities consider them a third separate group of Lepidopterans, along with the butterflies and moths, and there are a lot of them (most in the Southwest) - about half as many as there are true butterflies, and most of them look alike! Since many of them are so similar, a slight variation in pattern could throw off the ID from a photograph - it would take a specialist to do so. I would hazard a guess that is is a Florida Duskywing or one of the Cloudywings (there are three in Florida), but I wouldn't even try to guess which. If so, it is related to the Longtailed Skipper you posted a while back.

Fritillaries should be called fliterillaries - constantly flitting about. I have gotten a some good shots, but that is only because we have so many of them around (lots of passion vines for them to breed on).

As for those little flowers they are feeding on, the butterflies may like them, but I sure don't - seems I was forever picking those Spanish Needles out of my socks . . . .
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Pretty good shot, but strictly speaking, No 1 isn't a butterfly - it is one of the Skippers. Some authorities consider them a third separate group of Lepidopterans, along with the butterflies and moths, and there are a lot of them (most in the Southwest) - about half as many as there are true butterflies, and most of them look alike! Since many of them are so similar, a slight variation in pattern could throw off the ID from a photograph - it would take a specialist to do so. I would hazard a guess that is is a Florida Duskywing or one of the Cloudywings (there are three in Florida), but I wouldn't even try to guess which. If so, it is related to the Longtailed Skipper you posted a while back.

Fritillaries should be called fliterillaries - constantly flitting about. I have gotten a some good shots, but that is only because we have so many of them around (lots of passion vines for them to breed on).

As for those little flowers they are feeding on, the butterflies may like them, but I sure don't - seems I was forever picking those Spanish Needles out of my socks . . . .
I sure know what you mean about the Spanish needles, What a pain!
Thanks for the ID on the Skipper. I thought it might be but, I thought it was a little large for a Skipper.
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Thanks for the ID on the Skipper. I thought it might be but, I thought it was a little large for a Skipper.
The Grass Skippers, like the Fiery Skippers I have in my yard, are tiny, but the ones mentioned above are up to half the size of your Fritillary, so judging by comparison with the Spanish Needles in both photos, that should be about right.
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