Saturday, August 9, 2008

Necedah Butterflies

We did find some other butterflies at Necedah NWR also.
Like this sulphur butterfly.
It is difficult to tell the difference between clouded sulphur and the orange sulphur unless they have their wings open, which is rare for sulphurs when they are perched. I believe that these are clouded though.
We also found some pearl crescent butterfly.
Crescents are a part of the Nymphalidae family which are often called the bush-footed butterflies. They are called this because of their front pair of legs are shorter and covered with short hairs. The Mymphalidae family includes longwings, fritillaries, crescents, checkerspots among other types of butterflies. There are also seven other subfamilies that are part of the Nymphalidae family.
The red-spotted purple is a member of the Nymphalidae sub family Limenitidinae.
The red-spotted purple is actually the same species as the white admiral. The white admiral is more of a solid black with a heavy white band on both sets of wings as well as red spots on the hindwing.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jeff, I wouldn't rule out the
Pink-edged Sulphur, looks like
the one in Kaufman. Also, crescents
can be tricky; that underwing view
sure looks like a Harris' Checker-spot. Great photos!
Hap in New Hope

Modesto Viegas said...

good collection!

Ecobirder said...

Thanks Hap, I use the Kaufman butterfly book also so I will have to go back and check and let you know on the sulfer and the crescent.

Thanks MV, I am glad that you enjoyed them.