Sunday, January 12, 2020

Wishing For Butterflies

Maybe it's the unreasonably warm January day. It was 67F in Philadelphia today. Maybe it's the accumulation of gray days so far this winter. Something is making me wish I could take my camera and go out stalking butterflies. Of course there are none. They're dormant or gone, so I'm settling for looking at pictures. This is the cabbage white, Pieris rapae.     Click to enlarge.
An American snout, Libytheana carinenta.
An American lady, Vanessa virginiensis.
A variegated fritillary, Euptoieta claudia.
A monarch, Danaus plexippus.

Carl Sagan once said: "We are like butterflies who flitter for a day and think it is forever."

I miss the moths, too.
The rosy maple moth,  Dryocampa rubicunda,
The yellow-collared scape moth, Cisseps fulvicollis.

.... and the caterpillars. 

Stinging rose moth caterpillar, Parasa indetermina.
Io moth caterpillar, Automeris io.
And the gregarious milkweed tussock moth caterpillars,
Euchaetes egle. Just another few months and they'll all be back.

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