Archive | July 2014

Skipper Day,

A great Skipper picture!

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Sunrise: 05.06    Sunset: 09.24

IMG_644914_07_2014 Skipper Butterfly.

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Female Black Form, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

Eastern Black Swallowtail female in black form, July 10, 2014, Snellville, Georgia

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Female in Black Form, July 10, 2014, Snellville, Georgia

It has been so hot and dry here in the South this year that plants are withering away and tree roots are reaching toward the earth’s surface for any hint of water.  It has also been noticeably difficult for birds, butterflies, bees, and insects due to the lack of water, as I have seen relatively few of them this summer in comparison to past years.  There has been some rain and a few showers, but the heat dries up the rain and moisture very quickly.

Female Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly in Black Form on Star Gazer Lily, Snellville, Georgia, July 10, 2014

Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly in Black Form on Star Gazer Lily, Snellville, Georgia, July 10, 2014

Due to these conditions, I was happy to see one female Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly in black form last week.  She was getting nectar from several Star Gazer Lilies.  It appeared that she had recently hatched from her chrysallis and was still heavy with unlaid eggs.  She was a beauty!

Purple Hairstreak Butterfly.

Another fabulous picture, though I thought purple hairstreaks were black – I’ll have to check. Very nice!

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Sunrise: 05.01    Sunset: 09.28

Purple Hairstreak Butterfly. Purple Hairstreak Butterfly.

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Gatekeeper Butterfly.

This butterfly is beautiful. What an awesome picture!

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Sunrise: 05.01    Sunset: 09.28

Gatekeeper Butterfly. Gatekeeper Butterfly.

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