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Tags: August 2012, Georgia, Herons, Savannah, Savannah Georgia, savannah national wildlife refuge, South Carolina, Tybee Island and Savannah NWR, Tybee Island Georgia, Viceroy
Categories : Butterfly Types, For Interested Students, Savannah Wildlife Refuge, Viceroy, Wetlands Butterfly
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is a rich and robust habitat. The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge was teeming with wildlife in August 2012 when I photographed butterflies every morning during a week-long vacation. Located in the southeastern corner of South Carolina, the Refuge is an 18 minutes drive from Savannah, Georgia. Readers might be interested to know that it was once a rice farm. If you drive another 20 minutes you’ll see beautiful Tybee Island where we stayed.
I saw alligators, herons, turtles, frogs, gulls and richly colored butterflies. The Viceroys were especially striking, with breathtaking contrasts of orange next to black. I was not satisfied with the photographs I came home with. You guessed it, those viceroy butterflies (Limenitis archippus) were especially leery of my approach. They are a wetland species, and Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is home, sweet home to them.
I’m planning to return in mid-August with the determination successfully photograph the Viceroys!
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Tags: Butterflies X Magnificent Jewelry, Caterpillar, Euptoieta Claudia, Passiflora, Savannah Georgia, savannah national wildlife refuge, Siesta, South Carolina, Tybee Island Georgia
Categories : Butterfly Types, Caterpillar, Flowers butterflies love, For Interested Students, Fritillary, Savannah Wildlife Refuge
This photograph was taken in August in Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, actually in the southeastern corner of South Carolina, though it’s only about a 20 minutes drive from Savannah, Georgia. Our one week vacation blast was spent on Tybee Island. Mornings were spent at the Refuge. Mosquitoes were thrilled to greet me along the former rice paddocks in the Refuge. OFF didn’t seem to deter them. They were professionals.
Variegated Fritillary butterflies (Euptoieta claudia) were in abundance that morning. Variegated fritillary caterpillars were also easy to locate and photograph. Most of the caterpillars spent the morning eating the leaves of passionflower vines (see our post today: Passionflower). By late morning the caterpillars were slowly moving down the stems of the vines. Were they headed to Siesta?
Resplendent in their red-orange stripes, white stripes and black spines, they confirm my wingedbeauty.com argument: That butterflies are more beautiful than the magnificent jewelry of the very finest designers.
While I was working to photograph this larval gem, I was prey for perhaps 2-3 species of mosquitoes. The caterpillar was 100% free of such pests. Does anyone know why?
- The mind of a butterfly (michaelqpowell.wordpress.com)
- The marsh fritillary (the-hazel-tree.com)
- Chasing the Regal Fritillary (therousedbear.wordpress.com)
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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 butterflies love, 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.