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Saturday Butterflies [Jun. 1st, 2015|01:07 am]
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Common Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis) nectaring on small yellow Compositae

Gray Hairstreak (probably) (Strymon melinus) nectaring on Prairie Bluets

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside) also nectaring on Prairie Bluets

All three of these small butterflies were on low growth above a "seep" slope leading down to a long skinny pool fed by seepage from a rocky area upslope.   Here's a view of the habitat.

The water barely shows, with emergent vegetation quickly filling in.  There's a terrace berm to the left, beyond the water, running parallel to a line of brush (on the rocky hump out of sight to the right) with the water accumulating in a long skinny line at the base of the berm.  The berm is the result of an attempt to reduce erosion when this was a plowed field many decades ago.  The roof in the distance (showing against the line of dark trees) is a rain barn, collecting rainwater into tanks for wildlife.

[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2015-06-01 04:51 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! I'm amazed at how similar your skippers and hairstreaks are to skippers and hairstreaks on this side of the the Atlantic... And the Sulphur is very like our Brimstone.

But the landscape - that's something else. I'd never heard of a rain barn before.

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From: (Anonymous)
2015-06-03 11:36 am (UTC)

Simply Gorgeous

Very Pretty
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-06-04 04:02 am (UTC)
The storage tanks are full, which is great at the start of real summer. The creek is running now, and has had water in it (puddles if nothing else) for a month. There's still some water behind the #3 gabion, which may last a week unless it gets too hot--it's been wet long enough for the clay bottom to swell mostly shut. I wish we'd get another rain--one a week--to keep the dry woods seep-swale wet enough for all those frog and toad eggs to hatch and then survive--some of them go from egg to breathing air pretty fast. Others can survive only in permanent pools, which we don't have enough of, since we can't source that much water without building lots more rain barns.
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2015-06-13 03:04 pm (UTC)
If you ever do a kickstarter to build rainbarns, be sure to post the link here. I suspect other folks would also chip in, especially for more nature shots.
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