October 9th, 2008

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

80 acres: More purple and orange

Yesterday I went out on foot looking for more monarchs on the gayfeather.   I found one, but it wanted to hide on the other side of a gayfeather stalk and offered only a front view, wings folded.  

Then I saw another flash of orange:
  

This is a Gulf Fritillary--actually a Longwing, and not related to the other fritillaries, but in the next pictures you'll see why it's called a fritillary--it has silvery spots on the underside of the wings, especially the hind wing.

                                 

Its body is striped in butterscotch and white, and the eyes are yellow-gold. 

If you can't get monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries are a good substitute.

The day also produced some interesting bees (not honeybees) buzzing loudly around the gayfeather, and sighting of the smallish red-eared slider in the lily pond--actually got a picture of it, too.