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Old Jun 4, 2016, 11:51 PM   #1
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Default A few Butterflies (& one moth)

It's been a fine spring for chasing lepidopterans, and helping park visitors to enjoy the chase! Here are a few we've spotted lately…

First the one that's not a butterfly. We spotted this freshly-emerged Luna Moth on a cold windy day up at Holston Mountain. Was too cold to fly, so it was easy for us to get close and enjoy some moth-watching! These photos are an experiment - with and without polarizer. Curious to know which you prefer.
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This Meadow Fritillary was out in the meadow over at Hampton Creek Cove, and was kind enough to pose for all the hikers.
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Great Spangled Fritillaries have been emerging in good numbers. We got a nice look at this one near the home park's lake shore, as it was enjoying the "delicious minerals" in some heron droppings!
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Here's another butterfly that favors droppings and such. This Northern Pearly Eye was on a horse trail at Big South Fork. You can guess what he was licking off the trail.
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This Red Admiral also prefers droppings and decay to wildflowers. Here's he's "catching some rays" on the jewelweed plants.
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Satyrs are tiny butterflies. They fly low and slow, but they rarely stop. Here's a Little Wood Satyr in its rare "pause" mode!
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Pearl Crescents are another common small butterfly of the late spring and summertime. Here's one perched on a horsetail plant, and another rather faded one enjoying some ragwort nectar.
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Will end with a rather old and tattered American Lady butterfly. She's enjoying some wild mustard nectar, and I hope you enjoyed these lepidopterans. Thanks for any comments & critique!
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Wonderful shots.
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Nice captures Mole, I can see that I need to get closer to things
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