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Subject: Migrating Painted Ladies
Location: Elyria Canyon Park, Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
February 14, 2015 10:00 AM
Though we have received many images recently from our readers, we made a decision to select our Bug of the Month for March 2015 from our own images because of the significant seasonal migration of Painted Ladies this year.  According to Julian Donahue, the Painted Ladies are: “particularly active on the wing now, and most appear to be migrating, pausing to nectar on their way farther north.” The Painted Lady,
Vanessa cardui, is a medium sized orange butterfly with a mottled wing pattern and distinctive “eye spots” on the underwings. Painted Ladies were seen taking nectar from the pictured Mule Fat or Baccharis salicifolia, Coastal Bush Sunflower and Manroot. Caterpillars feed on both native and non-native leaves, and the Arroyo Lupine, that is currently blooming, is one native host plant.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

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Subject: Butterfly
Location: Western NY
February 22, 2015 10:03 am
I have gone dizzy skimming through photos on web sites to identify this butterfly. The picture was taken in late June. The orange on which it sits was hung out to attract Orioles. This was in western New York south of Rochester.
Signature: Denny Showers

White Admiral

White Admiral

Dear Denny,
This beautiful butterfly is a White Admiral,
Limenitis arthemis arthemis, a northeastern color variation of a complex that also includes the Red Spotted Purple and the Western White Admiral.  They will interbreed, so regions where the ranges overlap often have individuals that contain characteristics of two distinct regional forms of the species.  See BugGuide for a more thorough description of the complex.  We understand you are having a rough winter this year, and cheerful images like yours should remind our readers in the northeast that spring is not far off.

Thank you so much. I don’t know why it didn’t show up in the web sites I skimmed through of New York insects.
It gives me hope for spring.
Thanks again.
–DS

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Subject: Butterfly from Costa Rica
Location: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
February 1, 2015 10:56 am
This little butterfly landed on me during a tour of an organic farm in Costa Rica in January. I’d love to know what kind of butterfly it is! We were on the Osa Peninsula, near the Gulfo Dulce coast.
Signature: Dawn Howell

Gossamer Wing

Jewelmark Butterfly

Dear Dawn,
We believe this is a Gossamer Wing in the family Lycaenidae, a family of generally small and often quite colorful butterflies.  We found a matching image on Visual Unlimited where it is identified as a Jewelmark Butterfly,
Sarota gyas.  According to Butterflies of Amazonia:  “The Sarota Jewelmarks are possibly the cutest butterflies in the world. They have a very rapid and erratic flight. When seen buzzing about in the early morning they can easily be mistaken for small flies. Eventually they settle however and reveal themselves as creatures of exquisite beauty, with bright orange undersides streaked with metallic silver; and cute little furry legs !”  According to the Butterflies of America, the range is:  “[Mexico to Panama?], Colombia to Peru, Brazil, Guianas.”  According to the Costa Rica Biodiversity Portal:  “Species recorded in: Costa Rica.”

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Subject: Butterfly and moth
Location: Mountain Home
January 10, 2015 3:38 am
Dear Bugman my friend sent these pics from Mountain Home, Arkansas they were on his woods and I am an Illustrator and want to make a wall hanging and also illustrate these species but want to be sure what they are called please and if there is a clearer image of the moth I could use. I am based in the UK so would need web based images if you have one. Thank you for your help.
Signature: Annie

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear Annie,
We wish we knew what time of year these sightings occurred.  The Luna Moth is arguably the loveliest and most distinctive of the diverse North American moths.  Nothing from North America looks quite like the Luna Moth, though the Moon Moth from China is obviously closely related.  The Luna Moth ranges in Eastern North America from Northern Canada to Florida and west to Texas.  The butterflies are Greater Fritillaries known for silver spots on the undersides of the wings like in these Great Spangled Fritillaries.  What type of wall hanging are you making?  You may use images from our site for inspiration for illustrations provided they are sufficiently altered from the original photographic form.

Greater Fritillaries

Greater Fritillaries

Dear Daniel thank you for your reply but not sure if you are telling me the orange spotted butterfly is the greater spangled fritillary?? Thank you for giving me permission to use inspiration from your original images but I was going to use the original photographs which my friend took I just wanted to know the name of the orange butterfly I copied to you. The wall hanging will be illustrated, silk painted, felted, water-coloured and then embroidered and will be called ‘A Walk in the Wild Wood’ which will represent the wildlife in his woods on his property including flowers, birds, animals and trees.  If I were to use any images for inspiration they would be all of my own design using those methods and yours would only be visually used for colours and identification purposes as I have a BA Hons degree in Illustration of course I understand about changing the original and copyright.  Thank you very much for your help. Annie

Thanks for the clarification Annie.  By all means use images on our site for inspiration as the final wall hanging will be textile and not photographic.  The butterflies are Greater Fritillaries in the genus Speyeria, and we believe they are Great Spangled Fritillaries, Speyeria cybele, but this is a difficult genus for us to identify conclusively to the species level.

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Subject: Leafwing Butterflies
Location: Wichita County, North Texas, USA
December 1, 2014 11:36 am
I snapped these two photos of what I presume are leafwing butterflies in my backyard on November 29, 2014. Is there a way to narrow down their identification? They were feasting on old bananas.
Signature: Anna

Leafwing

Leafwing

Dear Anna,
This is indeed one of three Leafwing species in the genus
Anaea found in the U.S., however only two species are reported from Florida.  We are uncertain if this is a Tropical Leafwing or a Goatweed Leafwing.  Perhaps someone with more experience with Leafwings can identify the species.  BugGuide does not offer a means of distinguishing the two species, and we can try figuring out their differences by reading Jeffrey Glassberg’s “Butterflies Through Binoculars, The West”.  That excellent guide book does have range maps, and only the Goatweed Leafwing, Anaea andria, is found in North Texas, so that is our best guess.  We would not rule out the possibility that Global Warming may have increased the range of the Tropical Leafwing.

Leafwing

Leafwing

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Subject: green catipillar
Location: southern arizona
November 9, 2014 7:41 pm
do you know what kind of catapillar this is. I have alot of orange butterflies around, but this one is different. It started making a coccoon right before my eyes. It’s in a weed I was pulling out of my yard. I have some great butterfly pics. I’ve included a few.
Signature: babbs greg

Mating Gulf Fritillaries

Mating Gulf Fritillaries

Dear Babbs,
There is not enough detail for us to identify your caterpillar, but as it is spinning a cocoon, we are speculating that it is a moth.  Your mating Gulf Fritillaries image is a nice addition to our site.

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