I have posted plenty of times previously on Gardenista (my old/now defunct garden blog) about how much I stink at identifying butterflies, moths, wasps, any fauna smaller than the palm of my hand is potentially a total mystery to me.
And yes, I know about sites that specifically help folks figure out what they've got flittering around their outdoor spaces. I try using them, typically only to find I have a photo of something that looks a lot like this and a little like that but exactly like neither one of them.
It could be I keep stumbling across juvenile specimens that have not yet reached full coloration or developed mature markings. That would be its own kind of purgatory wouldn't it? Trapped for all time trying to admire, much less wrangle a bunch of teenaged bugs? They'd all be staying out late, mouthing off, speeding around, knocking over whatever young male bugs knock over since they can't topple mailboxes.
At any rate, after spending over an hour roaming around the interweb, trying to identify this specimen I caught slaving away over the lantana, I am ready to call it quits. Without further ado, this guy:
|Double click for a larger version - didn't help me one bit with ID but it did make me feel I was trying harder.|
Isn't s/he pretty? I sure thought so.
Shhh - now I'll share a little secret with you: Worst part is the sneaking suspicion I already figured out what kind of flutterby this is in an old post on Gardenista but now I'm simply too peeved to go wading back through to check. Stubborn can be a tough place to inhabit.
If you know what type butterfly this is feel free to say so in the comments. Even an educated guess will do. Extra style points if you can make up something plausible sounding enough to pass for factual. You'll probably at least fool me (granted, a low bar to clear at the moment).