Want to see a Clytie Ministreak butterfly? If you lived where I live, Macon, Georgia, you’d have to travel those same 1,300 miles or so, to southern Texas, and then hope (pray?) that this “U-C” (Glassberg – Uncommon to Common) butterfly was about when you arrived in Mission, Texas.
I was fortunate to have travelled with Nancy and John from Atlanta’s International Airport to San Antonio, and then was driven those 4 hours to Alamo, Texas. That week, December’s Christmas week, we saw many dozens of species that I’d never seen before. Some rare species made their appearance just to please me, and for that I’m Thankful.
I’ve seen Kirk Douglas, President Eisenhower’s back of his head, Diana Ross, Mike Tyson and some more, to which List I add, Clytie Ministreak butterfly, at the National Butterfly Center’s Perennial Gardens, Mission, Texas.
Every day, new, new. I can’t say that I was getting used to that mini-jolt, when after decades of seeking, you come upon a butterfly you’ve never seen before.
This Large Orange Sulphur butterfly was taking a brief break from what male sulphurs do (fly continuously, until they find a female, even if that takes hours to do).
We were in the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, near the border wall and Mexico.
Did I also meet my first Orange-Barred Sulphur that Texas week? No, but I remember that day at Raccoon Creek State Park in southwestern Pennsylvania, when I have almost no doubt that I startled a vagrant Orange-Barred Sulphur on a trail I followed one morning, in, 2005 or 2006.
That March in White Tank Mountains Regional Park, in southwestern Arizona. The March after abundant winter rain blanketed the region in luxurious coatings of beautiful wildflowers.
Butterflies didn’t meet me at these yellow blooms (don’t have a western U.S. wildflower field guide – Do you recognize them?), but I could NOT pass without collecting images of them. I’m just too weak.
We also post here by way of forewarning that in the next days we will begin posting from a new group of 88 images, not seen on wingedbeauty before. We hope you will enjoy them. Some are from the peak of Israel’s Mt. Hermon. We could not have known that War would have prevented us from revisiting there several months ago, June 2013. Man’s follies.
By the way, I am well into a recommended book, Winged Obsession by Jessica Speart. A non-fiction account of the hunt not for butterflies, but instead the effort to capture the world’s most destructive butterfly poacher! A very good read.