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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Sep 1, 2013 4:47 PM CST
Well the Joe Pye weed is at the end of its bloom so about all that is left for nectaring is the trusty old Butterfly bush. I have plans to plant some areas specifically with butterflies in mind this fall. Milkweed, Iron weed, more Joe Pye, Dutchman Pipe, Passion flower and next spring will be using lots of lantana. I did have 1 good visitor today. This is a black swallowtail. I did not learn how to specifically differentiate this butterfly from the spice bush until I went on the butterfly count. Not as common as either the spice bush or pipevine in my yard it is always a welcomed visitor.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 2, 2013 6:52 AM CST
Dave, that is a beautiful Swallowtail and I love that pretty B'fly bush too! Great way to start the September Butterfly thread!
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Sep 2, 2013 7:43 AM CST
Thanks Lin.
Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Sep 2, 2013 8:33 AM CST
Just saw this one near Sempervivum Jungle Shadows. Is it a Skipper?
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jmorth
Sep 2, 2013 10:51 AM CST
Could be some Crescent?
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jmorth
Sep 2, 2013 10:58 AM CST
Good fortune smiled on my camera this morning -
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White
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Skipper
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Sep 2, 2013 11:07 AM CST
Thanks, J, yes !

Beauties!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 2, 2013 11:22 AM CST
Janice, I believe it a Silvery Checkerspot:
http://wisconsinbutterflies.org/butterfly/species/75-silvery...

http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Chlosyne-nycteis

http://pick4.pick.uga.edu/mp/20q?guide=Butterflies
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 2, 2013 11:23 AM CST
Thanks for the new thread Dave! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Sep 2, 2013 11:29 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Thank you, Ann!

That second photo in the first link you provided looks exactly like him!!! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 2, 2013 11:32 AM CST
YVW! I can't believe I found it. Blinking Who would think it's called a *SILVERY* checkerspot --- where's the silver?

That's like I don't get why they are named red spotted purple --- they're azure blue -- where's the purple?

Makes no sense to me. Confused Confused
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Sep 2, 2013 11:35 AM CST
jmorth said:Could be some Crescent?


Yep. Pearl Crescent it is or after reading the above post maybe it is a Silvery checkerspot. This is fun ain't it? LOL.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 2, 2013 11:44 AM CST
There are differences. Look closely at photos of the pearl crescent & the silvery checkerspot.
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Sep 2, 2013 12:22 PM CST
flaflwrgrl said:There are differences. Look closely at photos of the pearl crescent & the silvery checkerspot.


Yep. I see them. This butterfly is missing the pale chevron's that the pearl crescent has on the hind wing black border. Also the forward wing is black on this butterfly. So Silvery Checkerspot it is.

Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Sep 2, 2013 12:29 PM CST
Thank you all!!!!! Group hug
Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Sep 2, 2013 12:54 PM CST
Hummingbird moth of some kind
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 2, 2013 1:23 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Dave!!!!! What a score! Great shot too. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!


Can you imagine trying to ID that checkerspot in the field though? Reminds me of what Dave said about when he went on that lepidoptera counting expedition. When I was reading about that checkerspot; it said it's easily mistaken for some other kind of checkerspot ( I forget which one) & described the diff. between the 2. And WOW! they looked even more alike than the crescent comparison!!!!!!!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
Sep 2, 2013 1:55 PM CST
He just sat on my finger!!! Hurray!
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jmorth
Sep 2, 2013 2:17 PM CST
very cool...
the moth is a sphinx moth, a Snowberry Clearwing I think.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 2, 2013 2:18 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! @ Janice
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