Sunday, May 25, 2008

Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary

I had a delightful butterfly walk through the Audubon sanctuary in Carroll Co.

Count:

3 Eastern Tailed Blues (Everes comyntas)
1 Azure (Celastrina sp.)
15 Cabbage Whites (Pieris rapae)
4 Orange Sulfurs (Colias eurytheme), including one white-form female
11 Pearl Crescents (Phyciodes tharos)
4 Red-banded Hairstreaks (Calycopis cecrops) -- a time-of-year record for me here.
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The lighting here was dim, but this shot captures the hairstreak in characteristic behavior: rubbing the hindwings together. A peek of the brilliant blue hindwing top is just visible.

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3 Silver-Spotted Skippers (Epargyreus clarus)
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1 Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon)
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My wife's favorite: the "Jet Plane" pose
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2 Spicebush Swallowtails (Papilio troilus)
1 Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
1 Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

JRC