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Tags: Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Butterfly, Butterfly eye candy, Butterfly Garden, Euptoieta Claudia, Fritillaria, Fritillaries, Gardens, Inspiration for Artisans, species, United States
Categories : Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, Butterfly Types, Flowers that attract butterflies, For Interested Students, Fritillary, Wildflowers - US
It’s October at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge, Maryland, and we’re looking at eye candy on the wing. This Euptoieta Claudia would certainly raise the eyebrows of the artisans in the Cartier studios.
He is sipping nectar at the Butterfly Garden at the National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, and is treating us with just the right background blooms.
Fritillaries are exquisite when they are young. This male offers the full menu of color and patter for this species: rich orange-brown, yellow central banding on all 4 wings, orange spots surrounded by a black border in forewing cells of each wing, black veins and submarginal black spots.
Their nectar diet is not limited to a single flower. So, these generalists drink nectar from passionflowers, pansies, violets, and a menu of other flowering species.
We’ve posted other Variegated Frits. They are generally intolerant of my approach with a camera. Each of our posted images is the result of many, many attempts to score premium images.
Euptoieta Claudia is best known as a southeastern U.S. species. We have many fritillary species here and in the western United States. It will be awhile before I have western ones safe and secure in my Neumade cabinet of slides.
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Tags: Fritillaria, Gulf Fritillary, Nectaring Fritillaries, Nymphalidae, savannah national wildlife refuge, Savannah Wildlife, South Carolina, Tybee Island, Tybee Island Georgia, Verbena, Werewolf
Categories : Butterfly Types, Flowers that attract butterflies, For Interested Students, Fritillary, Savannah Wildlife Refuge, Wildflowers - US
Mosquitoes were wolf-packing me as I moved along the dikes of this one-time rice farm. I was paying the price for my adventure. Savannah National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern South Carolina, is just a 25 minute drive from Tybee Island. I spent my mornings at this lush refuge, followed by lazy August afternoons at the beach, and then evenings exploring Savannah. If OFF had been 100% protective, this trip would have been perfect.
We’ve posted dorsal images of Euptoieta Claudia. This shot offers a colorful look at the ventral wing coloration and form. The seriousness of this butterfly’s focus on eating nectar is one of several reasons for concluding that it’s a female. The wildflower is likely a Verbena. Clarification from one of my readers would be greatly appreciated.
Variegated Fritillaries favor the same habitat as do Gulf Fritillaries. Both butterflies are very strikingly beautiful; bejeweled, if you will. I was so busy moving with my camera from one Variegated Fritillary to an equally comely Gulf Fritillary that I only later realized that my shield against mosquitoe bites was partially successful.
That’s what I love about Fritillary Butterflies. When the table is set with nectar-pumping wildflowers, these Brushfoots can be easily approached and photographed. They value the sweet nectar, and single-mindedly devour it. So find a fresh Fritillary, follow it to a nearby suitable bloom and follow our suggested Technique approach. It’s all worth it when eye-candy such as this butterfly is yours to enjoy and remember.
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Categories : Butterflies in Pennsylvania, Butterfly Types, For Interested Students, Fritillary, Raccoon Creek State Park
This image evokes a flood of possibilities. June 25th at Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
Our 2 Great Spangled Fritillaries left their nighttime wooded perches and here we find them at 8:55 in the morning, luxuriating with the morning sun’s understanding rays.
It is safest for them to fly about when the outside temperature is above 60 degrees Farenheit. They must evade predators, and that necessitates the ability to perform their swift, acrobatic aerial hijinks. How to do that? Leave the trees, find a suitably warm leaf and luxuriate in the morning sun. I have seen butterflies do so thousands of times. 5 minutes to 20 minutes of sun bathing is enough for the species that do this. Then….zoom! they’re off!
Now back to our 2 female Speyeria cybele. I have never seen this before. Have they flown there together? Does their safety improve because they share this milkweed leaf? Are they aware of one another? Are they communicating? Did one see the other at the leaf and fly down? Most interestingly, has our knowledge of butterfly behavior advanced to confront these questions?
I respectfully ask our most thoughtful friends to weigh-in here and share their responses. NABA, Xerces, academics, authors?