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Summer Butterflies

Great Spangled Fritillary
These butterflies love coneflowers (as do most other butterflies). Coneflower is easy to grow as a native garden perennial - reliable and disease-resistant

This angle-winged butterfly gets its name from the faint, white comma-shaped marking on the underside of its hind wing. As with many butterflies, its underside is camouflaged to protect the insect from predators when it is perched.

I found this Comma siphoning nutrients from the charcoal in a campfire site. You'll see other butterflies doing the same thing while perched on mud or dirt. 

Baltimore Checkerspot
This Checkerspot is getting nutrients from wet sand. Note the bulb-tipped antennae that separate all butterflies from the feather-shaped antennae of moths.

Black Swallowtail
Swallowtails get their name from the long extensions on their hind wings. These remind some observers of the sickle-shaped wings on swallows.

Viceroys mimic Monarchs because Monarchs are distasteful to birds. Aside from being slightly smaller than a Monarch, a Viceroy features a thin black line stretching horizontally across its hind wing. Monarchs don't have this line.

Photos by Rick Marsi
All rights reserved. July, 2017.