The Pink Cattleheart is a large, black butterfly with striking red, pink and white markings.
Category Archives: Butterflies
Little Brown Butterfly, I
I haven’t been able to identify this butterfly. It was at the Butterflies LIVE exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden so it may not be native to the United States. If anybody knows the species I’d appreciate a comment.
Common Morpho, I
This Common Morpho was kind enough to sit still while I photographed it head-on. It’s a large butterfly with brilliant blue on the upperside of its wings and brown with black and yellow eyespots on the undersides.
Tiger Longwing On Coneflower
I recently visited the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. This photo of a Tiger Longwing on a red coneflower was one of my favorite shots from the trip. If you’re in the Richmond area Lewis Ginter is definitely worth a visit.
Ailanthus Webworm Moth
Skipper on Thin-Leaved Sunflower I
Last Saturday morning I walked through an open field covered in wildflowers. I always like diving into areas like that and discovering all the little things you would miss if you didn’t actually look for them. On this particular morning I found the butterflies, bees, wasps, and dragonflies had their run of the meadow. This little skipper was feeding on the nectar of thin-leaved sunflowers which dominated the field.
Little Wood Satyr
This Little Wood Satyr alighted on some vegetation just ahead of me as I hiked through a marshy, open forest. The strong, direct sunlight really lit up its wings.
Zebra Swallowtail Among Arrowleaf Balsamroot
Hiking past a large patch of Arrowleaf Balsamroot, I noticed a Zebra Swallowtail drifting from flower to flower collecting nectar and unwittingly spreading pollen in the process.
Great Spangled Fritillary 2
I was hiking through a woodland meadow, wondering how many ticks I was feeding as I waded through chest high vegetation, when I spotted several butterflies sipping nectar from a patch of wildflowers. This Great Spangled Fritillary was one of two feeding from a small group of flowers.
This little Banded Hairstreak was busily drinking nectar when I encountered it in a forest meadow. I didn’t seem to mind me taking photos. In fact, it didn’t even seem to notice I was watching it.