Butterfly sighting

Aug 10 2013

Aaron Carlson

Location: Standing Cedars SNA
Polk County

noon-3:30 pm, started out cloudy, upper 60's. the sun gradually came out and it warmed into the 70's. quite humid. Saw several of either glassywings or dun skippers (I'm leaning towards glassywings). Saw one tail-less E. Tailed Blue, that had me hoping it was something else, until I got home and compared images. Overall, that was the most abundant sp. Saw a couple of huge (>1") robber flies. Quite the fearsome looking beast when I zoomed and cropped the picture I took. Right after taking the photo, it took off, then dive-bombed what may have been a six-spotted tiger beetle, then flew off with it. I saw more butterflies in the more natural parts of this property. The restored/planted prairie, while in full bloom with lots of nectar sources (and quite beautiful I might add), didn't yield as many sightings.

Common Buckeye

Common Buckeye

Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary

American Lady

American Lady

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymph

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper

Proctacanthus milbertii

Proctacanthus milbertii

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

Little Glassywing

Little Glassywing

American Copper

American Copper

★ = New county photo record
☆ = New county sighting record