10 May 2011

Florida butterflies

Last month when we were staying in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, my wife and I hiked in Estero Bay Preserve State Park one afternoon. There were several color coded trails in the park, but there was no map or any sign indicating how long each trail was. So we picked one randomly and started walking. We walked for about an hour and a half and then were lost for a while. I did have a GPS receiver with me, but it was useless without a map or the coordinates of where we had parked the car. Eventually, we turned around and went back the way we had come to reach our car.

Along the way, I was able to photograph these 3 butterflies. The 1st one is a white peacock (Anartia jathrophae). According to Butterflies through binoculars (J. Glassberg, 1999), this species is found in North America only in Florida and along the coasts of the southern states to Texas.

The next one appears to be a mangrove buckeye (Junonia evarete) found in North America only in Florida and southern Texas.

Finally, a very small butterfly that may or may not be the eastern pygmy blue (Brephidium isophthalma), which is also a very southern species. According to Glassberg, that species is supposed to have 4 marginal spots on its hind wings; the specimen in the picture had 7 spots.

In any case, it was good to see the local species with restricted ranges.


finite empathy said...

Brilliant blog you have here. Glad you recieved blog of note as I'd probably never think to look for a blog about snails. Much more interesting, and at times amusing, than I anticipated, I must say.

Zombie said...

Those butterflys look so cool!

mammothideas said...

Great blog. Thanks for the great pictures of the butterflies...very beautiful creatures. I liked your comment about the GPS...sort of a metaphor for life, don't you think? We can use all the technology and gadgets we like to get where we're going, yet if we don't mark where we started, eventually, we'll be lost. Classic.


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fuzzyscalpel said...

Ditto to finite empathy :) ... and Zombie, at that, those are some neat butterflies.