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TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 15, 2007
2:21 AM

Post #4083703

Went to Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge and NABA (North American Butterfly Association) Park today. Got to see some not so common butterflies as well as gobs of the usual ones.

This Blue-Eyed Sailor was most cooperative. I was able to get the rarely seen dorsal view. The photograph does not do the color justice. It was a metallic lime greenish gold. By the way, this bugger was feeding on scat...so yes, I was hunkered down in the middle of the road taking photographs. There is a seven mile stretch of paved one way road that meanders the through and around the park. The path often covered by overhead tree growth, vines and spanish moss. Lots of critters tend to poop on the road!

I was lucky to get the dorsal view without photographing any poo!!!

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 15, 2007
2:23 AM

Post #4083715

another photo of the Blue-eyed Sailor dorsal view.
(part of a Sickle-winged Skipper also)

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 15, 2007
2:24 AM

Post #4083723

Gemmed Satyr - cyllopsis gemma

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 15, 2007
2:27 AM

Post #4083734

Silver Emperor - doxocopa laure

was able to get the flash of blue on this one

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 15, 2007
2:32 AM

Post #4083760

Silver-Banded Hairstreak - chlorostrymon simaethis

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 15, 2007
2:43 AM

Post #4083809

Saw lots of Zebra Longwings and even found some cats to photograph. Seeing the caterpillars was a first for me!

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 15, 2007
2:49 AM

Post #4083836

Saw a huge rustic sphinx caterpillar. I've seen and photographed lots of butterfly and moth caterpillars but this one was the Sumo of caterpillars - it was HUGE!!! I used my hand for a frame reference.

~ Cat

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pford1854
Marion, AR
(Zone 7b)

October 15, 2007
3:08 AM

Post #4083894

COOL - BEAUTIFUL Blue-Eyed Sailor
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

October 15, 2007
11:59 AM

Post #4084494

Oh Wow! Beautiful!

Why is it called Blue-eyed Sailor when there's no blue(that I can see) on it?

P

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 15, 2007
12:34 PM

Post #4084570

Am thinking it's called that because of the blue eye spots on the ventral sides. Took this photo but it's a tad fuzzy and doesn't show the true blue color of the spots. When the sunlight catches it just right it is a very pretty bright blue.

I was too preoccupied with trying to get those open wing shots :o)

~ Cat

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pford1854
Marion, AR
(Zone 7b)

October 15, 2007
1:03 PM

Post #4084639

Oh, Wow! So envious that you get to see such a gem.
Very pretty BF.
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 15, 2007
2:41 PM

Post #4084982

Great show Cat!!
Nice job.. Gorgeous butterflies!

debnes
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

October 15, 2007
3:17 PM

Post #4085149

Well,heck! It's just darn purdy with it's wings open or closed.

P
LindaTX8
NE Medina Co., TX
(Zone 8a)

October 15, 2007
5:40 PM

Post #4085641

Well, those are just so cool! Cat, I was wondering...are you seeing many of the Common Mestras lately? There's lots of them around here...have never seen so many! I'm wondering if they are looking for host plants this late in the season, but I haven't been able to find any Noseburns around here to speak of...well, did see one little bitty one. I guess they've gone dormant already...or maybe eaten? The front slope (where I usually see them the most) has a lot of tall grasses this year because of all the rain, so it's hard to see such small plants

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TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 15, 2007
6:43 PM

Post #4085891

Lots of Common Mestras still around. One of the parks has lots of tragia...lots and lots. I've looked them over but saw a single cat. The Sailors are supposed to use tragia as well...not to mention Red Rims and other uncommon butterflies.

Was out at NABA today. Got to photograph a Glazed Pelicia but got the infamous 'file error' message on my camera. UGH!!! Have been having trouble with that new Sony H9. I swapped out the batter and card but when I went back I couldn't find that butterfly.

Saw two Lantana Scrub Hairstreaks down the road at the Bentsen Butterfly Center.

Got to see a little owl up in one of the palapas at NABA too.

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 15, 2007
6:48 PM

Post #4085908

Forgot to mention...when I got home a Guava Skipper had eclosed. Turned it loose in my back yard.

~ Cat

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pford1854
Marion, AR
(Zone 7b)

October 15, 2007
7:11 PM

Post #4085966

ha ha that little owl looks kinda sleepy.
I can just read his face/mind. "Stop disturbing me!"
fly_girl
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 15, 2007
7:35 PM

Post #4086033

Great pics Cat...love the Sailor and the Emperor and the Satyr...oh heck...love them all!

...and the owl and the Guava...

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 15, 2007
11:06 PM

Post #4086792

Wow, I'm totally losing the photo contest to you. (Bows in worship of your greatness.) Wow. Wow. Wow.

Melanie

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 16, 2007
2:08 AM

Post #4087605

Mellie...but ya'll have the Atala Hairstreak there...send some this way. I have two coonties I purchased last year :o) I keep hoping they'll hitch a ride with one of the tourists :o)

Things will get better here...our festival starts on Thursday and I'm planning to drive to Falcon State Park with some butterfly friends that came in early. We're hoping to see that rare Telea Hairstreak that made world wide news.

Hope to have lots of good butterflies photos to share in the coming week.

~ Cat

ps...just to show a Two-Barred Flasher has a sense of humor. Here's an uncommon one making a special appearance in front of the trail sign.

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konkreteblond
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 16, 2007
3:33 AM

Post #4087911

Great pics Cat! It's such a treat to drop in and see new pics! As always, I'm jealous. :)
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

October 16, 2007
12:29 PM

Post #4088612

Cat,
Your so lucky! We've got squat in the way of things to visit in my neck of the woods.

P
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 16, 2007
1:49 PM

Post #4088839

The flasher looks like he's going to give a guided tour.. Y'all have fun.. and bring us back some pics!

Wit ya in spirit,

debnes
LindaTX8
NE Medina Co., TX
(Zone 8a)

October 16, 2007
1:56 PM

Post #4088861

Yeah, I wish I could go down there...I'd be there real quick if my DH weren't disabled. When I was a bit younger, I used to take off and go on camping trips or visit family members in Texas without worrying about anything. But back then I wasn't into butterflies.

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 17, 2007
1:21 AM

Post #4091181

Okay...here's the tiny Telea Hairstreak that made Falcon State Park famous. This is the little bugger that had not been seen in 70 years.

I hooked up with a couple of butterfliers and we drove to Falcon to see what we could see...a good day indeed!!!

If ya'll have grown blue mist flower you can realize just how tiny this hairstreak is...add that it is green to the mix and it is nearly impossible to spot in a vast expanse of blue mist plants.

~ Cat


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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 17, 2007
1:27 AM

Post #4091196

Another rare find at Falcon - an East-Mexican White Skipper (Heliopetes sublinea).

Ro Wauer called the bug. Glad he pointed it out to me elsewise I would've thought it was another checkered skipper :o)

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 17, 2007
1:49 AM

Post #4091299

An unknown rekoa (hairstreak) - also sighted at Falcon.

~ Cat

ps...got email back on this - it's a Strophius Hairstreak (allosmaitia strophius) WOOHOO!!! :o)

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 17, 2007
1:51 AM

Post #4091304

Lantana Scrub Hairstreak - also at Falcon. I think we counted about six of these.

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 17, 2007
1:52 AM

Post #4091313

There were gobs and gobs and gobs of the little Clytie Ministreaks. They are so cute and dainty. Always a thrill to see them as it is quite rare to see so many at one time.

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 17, 2007
1:54 AM

Post #4091318

Gotta love the Great Purple Hairstreaks. We must have counted at least 15 of these...perhaps more. I just love these buggers.

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 17, 2007
1:57 AM

Post #4091325

Giant White - another gorgeous butterfly that is beautiful in its simplicity. These buggers are big too. We counted about six of these.

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 17, 2007
1:59 AM

Post #4091334

This lovely aberrant Queen makes up for having to sift through the other thousand that were hogging the blossoms. :o)

I know we take Queens for granted down here as we have soooooooo many. Yet it is amazing how everyone goes ga-ga over one that looks so different.

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 17, 2007
2:00 AM

Post #4091341

Of course, I'm one of those that oooohs and ahhhs over any aberrant butterfly...so here's another view of the Queen.

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 17, 2007
2:24 AM

Post #4091439

In all we had 61 species including 12 Hairstreaks with a span of about 4 hours. Gotta remember there were thousands of butterflies there. Truly sensory overload. It was hard to pin point a butterfly to look at as there were such an abundance. Often times, two or three on the same flower.

I know I've never seen so many different species of Hairstreaks in one place at the same time. This is the break down of the extremely rare to not so common.

Gray Hairstreak
Silver-banded Hairstreak
Great Purple Hairstreak
Dusky Blue Groundstreak
Clytie Ministreak
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak
Lacey's Scrub Hairstreak
Strophius Hairstreak
Telea Hairstreak
Ruddy Hairstreak *(Now referred to by some as E. hugon)
Muted Hairstreak

Some of Falcon's other not so common butterflies today were:
Malachite
Dorantes Longtail
Zilpa Longtail
Brown-banded Skipper
Two-barred Flasher
Coyote Cloudywing
Desert Checkered Skipper
Erichson's White Skipper
Fawn-spotted Skipper
Purple-washed Skipper

A few of the many people present today were: Ro and Betty Wauer, Tom
Pendleton, Larry Ditto, Martin Reid, Fran Bartles, Dave Hanson and me (Cat Traylor).

ps...Forgot to post the Ruddy Hairstreak photo.


~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 17, 2007
2:25 AM

Post #4091443

...and the Lacey's Scrub Hairstreak.

~ Cat

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konkreteblond
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2007
4:47 AM

Post #4091839

Awesome! Thanks for those! I just love that little green hairstreak!

Just more proof that everything loves that mist flower! It spreads like crazy and I fear sometimes that it's going to take over but it's worth it.
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2007
1:35 PM

Post #4092651

NIce tour Cat!!

Next best thing to being there for us.. Telea is beautiful! Neat to see a different form of Queen, and the diversity of the many species down there at Falcon!

Thank you for bringing your experience of a great bfly day back here to us! Man O man!!

debnes
pford1854
Marion, AR
(Zone 7b)

October 17, 2007
2:07 PM

Post #4092762

Cat - WOW WOW WOW.
I am definitely having me some Mist Flower in my garden next year!!!!
Thanks for the great pics of BF's I've never seen before. (sigh)
I think Texas is still to Hot for me though, so I'll stay put for now. ha.
fly_girl
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 17, 2007
3:09 PM

Post #4092968

Great pics Cat! Love the Telea and its little zebra legs and antennae!

Pf...Texas is too hot for any living thing! LOL

I've got to get some Mist flower too.

Love the flasher on the sign, too cute!

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