Sunday, July 5, 2009

Flutterbys and fens

I went with some of the family today to Sarett where there was a walk targeting Mitchell's Satyr, a small endangered butterfly whose current range is now mainly SW Michigan. We did see a few though none perched close by.

There were a few flowers in the area I'd never seen before, I think this is fringed loosestrife (don't let the name fool you, this one is apparently native (if correctly ID'd)).

Eyed browns are larger (and considerably more common) members of the satyr family, I digi-binned this one.

I was photographing a purple fringed orchid when a skipper flew down and started nectaring. I believe this is a mulberrywing based on the arrow/crossbow shaped mark on the hindwing, not a super-common species (for once) based on the light green rangemap in Sibley.
Finally is a distant digi-binned shot of a Baltimore Checkerspot, my 2nd most wanted butterfly (out of a list of 2, #1 is Milbert's tortoiseshell). I may even return to try to get a better shot of one (as well as one of the Mitchell's satyr).

1 comment:

Cory J. Gregory said...

Whoops, I suppose I should have kept looking down last time. :-) Do you think that maybe the brown in this post is also an Appalachian?! Pretty cool that you're finding these guys!