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Subject: Indian or Hobomok skipper?
Location: Great Falls Park, Virginia
August 24, 2014 4:27 pm
Looking at various sources, I am not sure one can tell the difference, but do you have an opinion as to whether this is an Indian or Hobomok Skipper? Both look just like what I photographed as far as I can see. No other angles, unfortunately, as didn’t move until it flew off. …
Signature: Seth

Skipper

Skipper

Hi Seth,
We are posting your excellent image of a Skipper in the hope that one of our readers can provide you with an identification.

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Subject: Male Queen Butterfly?
Location: Coryell County, Texas
August 16, 2014 11:27 am
Hello, I hand-watered our very dry lawn this morning, and immediately some butterflies came to drink. Is this a male Queen butterfly?
You kindly identified one for me last September. That one had survived a drenching downpour.
I darkened the exposure a bit. Thank you!
Signature: Ellen

Queen Butterfly

Queen Butterfly

Hi again Ellen,
You have correctly identified the sex of this Milkweed Butterfly by the scent patch on the male’s hind wings.  We wanted to confirm that this was in fact a Queen, so we checked BugGuide which indicates the difference between the Queen and the Soldier as being that the Soldier has:  “Ventral, black veins on both FW and HW, Queen only has black veins on HW. Soldiers are the only one in the genus that has pale squarish spots forming a concentric postmedian band.”  The ventral wing surface view does not have strong, black veins on the forewing, indicating this is a Queen.

Queen

Queen

 

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Subject: Painted Lady Butterfly?
Location: Coryell County
August 14, 2014 9:34 am
This beautiful – and quick!- butterfly visited our pentas as I was watering them this morning. It tended to feed upside-down, perhaps to show its eyespots to the world. Is it a Painted Lady? If so, it’s the first I’ve photographed in our yard. It has such beautiful colors! I darkened the exposure a bit.
Warm, sunny morning today.
Thank you!
Signature: Ellen

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Dear Ellen,
We agree that this is a Painted Lady,
Vanessa cardui.  There are several other butterflies in the genus that look quite similar, and this excellent comparison from BugGuide illustrates the difference between the Painted Lady and the American Lady.  We are thrilled that you were able to capture views of both the dorsal and ventral surfaces of the wings.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

 

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Subject: glass butterfly
Location: Costa Rica Tortuguero
August 8, 2014 1:44 am
can you help us with naming a glass butterfly, seen in Tortuguero Costa Rica, march 2014
Signature: fredfrombelgium

Clearwing:  Greta species

Clearwing: Greta species

Dear Fred from Belgium,
We located the Monteverde Natural History site that has a marvelous Guide to Clearwing Butterflies.  We believe your individual is in the genus
Greta, most likely Greta anette or Greta nero.  Since the former is listed as common and the latter as uncommon, we would have to favor Greta annette which is also pictured on Butterflies of America where a second “n” is included in the name.  Other internet sites spell the species name with the second “n” as Greta annette, so we are assuming that is the proper spelling.  Since we are quite busy right now, if we do not respond to your other outstanding requests, please resubmit them in a few days.

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Subject:  Last ID
Location:  Kings Canyon National Park, California
July 30, 3014
hi what’s that bug?
hoping you can help ID this small butterfly from july 17, 2014.
kings canyon national park, CA.
thanks very much,
clare, los angeles.

Female Acmon Blue

Female Acmon Blue

Hi Clare,
This appears to be a female Acmon Blue,
Plebejus acmon, and you can compare your individual to this mounted specimen on BugGuide.

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Subject:  Butterfly
Location:  Kings Canyon National Park, California
July 30, 2014
dear what’s that bug?
my journey to kings canyon certainly gave opportunities to see insects!
can you tell me what this small butterfly is?
and i assume that’s a honeybee?
thank you.
clare. los angeles.

Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Hi Clare,
The color is somewhat washed out, but this appears to be a Gray Hairstreak,
Strymon melinus, a species found throughout North America, according to BugGuide.  The Gray Hairstreak is sharing the blossom with a Honey Bee.

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