Friday, July 01, 2011

An Arctic Skipper

I experienced that memory thing again when I had seen this skipper. I knew I had seen it before but what was its name? I knew the name had something to do with the north. Yes!, when I looked it up, I discovered it was an Arctic Skipper. so that was the north connection in its name! Delightful!

Aa White Admiral

What a wonderful find! My first White Admiral sighting this year!

A pretty yellow,A Xanthotype moth

I found this pretty yellow moth in a nearby meadow last week. It was fascinating as it reminded me of a delicate paper cutting. It looked as if the black areas had been crisply cut away from the yellow. That effect does not show up in the photo. Memory is a funny thing sometimes. When I went home I told my husband I had seen a geometer moth!. a year or so ago I had found a very similar looking moth which I identified as a false crocus geometer moth and that memory had stayed recessed in my mind. ( As I get older I am very aware of carrying genes from two grandmothers who both suffered from memory loss and dementria in their later years. so I am always pleased when my memory unlocks some identification puzzle for me.)
This moth even had yellow legs! as seen in this upside down view above
To be sure of my identification I sent a copy of my photo to Bug Guide: in hopes that they would id it for me. They did!!!! What a wonderful free service this is. They reported back to me that it was a Xanthotype moth. Another common name for this moth is the false crocus geometer moth! wow! I had been right when I had first seen it.

Viceroy butterfly

I chanced upon this injured Viceroy lying on the road. I can only assume it might have been hit by a car. This is the first viceroy I have seen this year and I don't think I saw any last year.