Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Name that Butterfly!

I had every good intention this month to participate in the Butterfly Bucket List hosted by Anna at The Transmutational Garden.  The meme, just a few months old, happens every 4th Sunday and was begun by Anna as an attempt to identify every butterfly and moth as they visit her garden spaces.

I'd been caught up in a similar endeavor on my own for over a year now, but after spending what eventually amounts to days of my life staring and scrolling through images of butterflies that look "sort of" like the one I'm trying to identify, I'd given up searching out all the names in frustration. Don't even get me started on moths or native bees or grasshoppers (or syrphid flies, or...).  I eventually decided to try and enjoy whatever shows up, identify the easy ones and allow myself to bail if a few quick search attempts didn't yield a likely suspect.

It seems as though the point of Anna's meme is to increase and disperse good information about winged visitors to our spaces.  My series of very likely MIS-identified photos to follow could actually do the opposite, increasing confusion.  And who needs more of that?  So, I hesitated.  And here it is, Monday, already.  What to do?

Well, I came to play and play I shall.  Late, insecure in the identifications, and without a shred of additional light to shed on habits or host plants. I am only going to tag one of these photos because, as already mentioned, I am reluctant to add fuel to anybody's misidentification fires.

To follow are the photos and potentially the names of several of the adorable visitors that have been dashing around the garden beds here, regardless of heat or lack of moisture.
Clouded Skipper (?) on Prairie Verbena
Fiery Skipper(?) on Verbena
Horace's Duskywing (?) on Coneflower
A different angle - Horace's Duskywing (?) on Coneflower
Queen Butterfly on Mistflower (Yippee!!!)
Sachem Skipper (?) on Coneflower
Another view, Sachem(?) Skipper

Sorry guys, I'm not even going to guess.  Something-or-other Skipper on H. Duelberg Salvia
So there you have it, a reasonable representation of the butterflies voted Most Likely to be Mistaken.  Regardless, I enjoyed watching them and trying to get capture a shot, and I hope you'll forgive the lack of information provided along with the images.

Perhaps you know what that last little cutie is called?  Or you've seen one or several of the skippers shown and can clarify as to their ID?  Please feel free to correct or speculate with your own identification attempts in the comments section.  The bar is absolutely flat on the ground already, so jump right over and let's name these butterflies!

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