On this day with roughly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness, I bring you two insects.
Moths and butterflies were big in my world in 2016 — and abundant. Below is the Year in Flight — a menagerie from 2016.
A state endangered butterfly. A globally vulnerable beetle. And a few common insects, including a lovely moth that resembles a pile of bird crap. So goes the week in flight.
If What’s This? No. 5 was too easy and What’s This? No. 6 was tough, here’s one I’ll rate moderate in level of difficulty. (It’s got a decent beat and it’s okay to dance to.) I shot this one in High Island, Texas, on April 22, 2010. Name it and win $5 off any of my outings or workshops. Submit your answer in the comments section. I’ve only been posting correct answers (and Sara Backer creations), so don’t be bashful about guessing. These are fun. Maybe I’ll accept some from blog readers. Send me an email. Here is a compilation of all seven What’s This? posts. By the way, we have a winner … […]
Common Loon / © Bryan Pfeiffer May 18, 2013: A breakout day for flying things. It began on one of my guided bird walks to Berlin Pond: Virginia Rail at our feet. Yellow Warblers glowing above. Scarlet Tanager, in a naked white ash, fully framed in the spotting scopes. A Winter Wren exploding in song in full-frontal view on a log. And Common Loons investigating a nest site. We noted 64 bird species in total at Berlin Pond this morning. That list is below. But insects also launched today. I noted nine butterfly species on the wing: Black Swallowtail, Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (photo below), Cabbage White, Spring Azure, Mourning Cloak, Eastern Comma, Green Comma and Dreamy Duskywing. Dragonflies matched with nine of their own: Springtime Darner, Dusky Clubtail, Twin-spotted Spiketail, Stream Cruiser (below), American Emerald, Beaverpond Baskettail, Uhler’s Sundragon, Eastern Forktail and a Bluet species. And the tiger beetle list included Six-spotted Tiger Beetle, Claybank Tiger Beetle and Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle (below). Onward to the season of flight. Here are more big photos. […]