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Old 08-17-2010, 07:34 PM   #171
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These were flying around the Iroquois NWR today.

What's Flying Around-p1060654.jpg I love this shot head on of the Monarch between the berries and bloom

What's Flying Around-p1060676.jpg and here is the standard view!

What's Flying Around-p1060708.jpg This large butterfly was a joy to see fluttering around

What's Flying Around-p1060692.jpg but I couldn't ID it
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:38 PM   #172
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Nice flutterbies, Sage! The large, yellow butterfly is a tiger swallowtail, papilio glaucus.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:46 PM   #173
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Thanks bridget! I considered that, but this one didn't seen to have the tail, so that confused me.
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:42 PM   #174
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Might also be Papilio canadensis, which is supposedly more common here, but the two species are extremely similar.
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:14 AM   #175
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Finally saw a female eastern tiger swallowtail. They have a lot more blue on the upper hind wings than the males.

female:
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male- some will have a little more blue than this:
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weird picture, but you can see that the proboscis is two tubes. I never noticed before, so I looked it up and sure enough, wikipedia says "It consists of two tubes held together by hooks and separable for cleaning. The proboscis contains muscles for operating. Each tube is inwardly concave, thus forming a central tube up which moisture is sucked. Suction takes place due to the contraction and expansion of a sac in the head."
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I've got my magnifying glass out and sure enough.... two tubes!!! I would still be in the "dark" if you hadn't pointed it out. Way cool photos!!!
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Old 08-21-2010, 02:14 PM   #177
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I'm enjoying all these pictures especially the ones giving a clear shot of the flower each flying creature has landed on.

Good look at the proboscis swampthing,still your eyes must be pretty good to have noticed. I have to wear glasses when looking at pictures now and identification is often difficult.
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:00 PM   #178
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I definitely didn't notice it until I saw it enlarged on the computer. Insects often appear for the first time when I plug the camera into the computer look at pictures.

Lots of these little grass skippers flying around. There are more than two dozen species recorded here.
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:30 PM   #179
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I caught these two a few days ago in my garden in Chapel Hill. I believe the first is a sleepy orange, since it definitely flashed orange rather than yellow when it was flying, although I couldn't catch its dorsal surfaces on film. The second is a common buckeye.
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:35 PM   #180
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Oops. I hit submit reply before my second photo finished uploading. I'll try again.

I really like the photo where you can see the proboscis actually going into the flower. Amazing resolution.
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