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Name: Treehugger
Hanover Twp, PA (Zone 6a)
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treehugger
May 2, 2015 10:40 AM CST
Could this be a Callophrys lanoraieensis , the bog elfin. It was a very tiny butterfly.
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
May 2, 2015 8:03 PM CST

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I don't know Pennsylvania butterflies, but you can always submit a sighting for confirmation to BAMONA. [url=www.butterfliesandmoths.org]www.butterfliesandmoths.org[/url]
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Name: BrendaVR
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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BrendaVR
May 4, 2015 8:53 PM CST
Elfin for sure....I'm not sure what else you have in your area but it does not look like a Bog to me. I would say it looks like a Eastern Pine Elfin - Callophrys niphon. (yours has the two dark marks on the lower portion of the fore wing and the markings on the back of the hindwing are very distinct where they would be diffused on the Bog...some guides have little arrows pointing to the differentiating features....) Nice find! Rarely seen but the timing is right.
If we had no holes in our leaves we would have no butterflies!
Name: Treehugger
Hanover Twp, PA (Zone 6a)
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treehugger
May 5, 2015 3:38 PM CST
Thanks Brenda I really couldn't find the right one and a piece of it wing is missing so I took a guess, of course it was wrong. I really appreciate the info.
Name: BrendaVR
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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BrendaVR
May 5, 2015 7:42 PM CST
Its not hard to be wrong with these little guys!
It is an obsession with me, and now part of my job so I gotta be able to ID them. A good field guide goes a long way, I am loving the ROM's "Butterflies of Ontario", it has the handy arrows to show what to look for (which can be the difference between utter confusion and an identification) but one for your region is maybe better? Kaufman is good.
If we had no holes in our leaves we would have no butterflies!
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
May 5, 2015 11:04 PM CST

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Brenda, what is your job and why does it require knowing butterflies? I'm intrigued!
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Name: BrendaVR
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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BrendaVR
May 8, 2015 7:33 PM CST
Heh!
I'm an ecologist. I do plant and wildlife inventories. ;) I like it!
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
May 11, 2015 3:27 PM CST
Nice catch, beautiful butterfly!
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Name: Treehugger
Hanover Twp, PA (Zone 6a)
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treehugger
Jun 5, 2015 6:09 PM CST
Brenda VR can I pick your brain a bit. Today as I took pictures I found in my yard these butterflies with an unknown. Probably a bug. 1. Summer Azure, 2. Question Mark 3. Red-spotted Purple 4. Red-spotted Admiral and 5 THIS black and white sort-of butterfly??? Can you help me out.
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jun 5, 2015 6:22 PM CST
Well, to me, it looks like this.
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Alypia-octomacula...
We get the moth caterpillars on wild grapevines!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jun 5, 2015 6:24 PM CST

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I'm not Brenda, but I'm going to throw my two cents in. I think that's a Comma and not a Question Mark, but I will defer to those who see them more often than I. I think the last one is a moth. Reminds me a bit of the Eight-Spotted Forester Moth I saw one time. Maybe a relative? Hey, I see Linda agreed with me while I was typing. Thumbs up

And remember folks, BAMONA is a great resource for identifying your moths and butterflies and in turn you give them details on what species are being found where. Check them out at [url=www.butterfliesandmoths.org]www.butterfliesandmoths.org[/url]
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Name: Treehugger
Hanover Twp, PA (Zone 6a)
Region: United States of America Region: Northeast US Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers Miniature Gardening Herbs
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Bee Lover Hostas Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Frogs and Toads Hummingbirder
treehugger
Jun 6, 2015 6:05 AM CST
Thanks for the help. I didn't know about the web page for ID's. I'll check out the Comma vs Question Mark later I have a graduation to go to. Thanks again.
Name: Treehugger
Hanover Twp, PA (Zone 6a)
Region: United States of America Region: Northeast US Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers Miniature Gardening Herbs
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Bee Lover Hostas Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Frogs and Toads Hummingbirder
treehugger
Jun 7, 2015 4:29 PM CST
Yes Mellie you were right it is a Eastern Comma. Thanks for pointing that out.

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