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Subject: Spotted Orange moth
Location: Chicago, IL USA
August 16, 2015 5:17 am
Hello –
I found this beautiful moth in Chicago last night, and can’t seem to find anything that looks similar. It was sitting in the sun for a while and seem to like getting it’s picture take. Could you help?
Signature: Robert

Questionmark

Questionmark

Dear Robert,
This is not a moth.  It is a butterfly, and if you look closely at your image with the closed wings, you will see a silver mark in the center of the hind wing that looks like a “?” and that marking gives this butterfly its common name Questionmark.

Questionmark

Questionmark

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Subject: Lots of Butterflies!!!
Location: Powell, Ohio
August 4, 2015 11:13 am
Two yellow swallowtails (I think), and a monarch, visited our garden today!!!! One swallowtail was noticeably bigger than the other and a bit raggedy. The monarch wasn’t cooperating for pictures, kept flirting about, but I got one off when it rested in a tree. The monarch was very interested in the milkweed plant we let grow by the patio! So pretty!
Signature: Amber

Female Tiger Swallowtail

Female Tiger Swallowtail

Dear Amber,
Thanks for sending us documentation of your day of butterfly watching.  The tattered Tiger Swallowtail is a female who can be distinguished from the male by the dusting of blue scales on the hind wings.

Tiger Swallowtail

Tiger Swallowtail

Monarch

Monarch

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Subject: Red Admiral Butterfly
Location: Lancashire, UK
August 4, 2015 5:20 am
Hey Bugman,
found this beautiful butterfly (which I believe is a Red Admiral) yesterday while I was out running. It seemed very docile and only flew off when I moved in closer, was in the same spot when I was on the way back. ^^ Just thought I’d submit it. :)
Signature: Hope you like. Jordan.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Dear Jordan,
Though we are quite aware that the Red Admiral is found throughout the northern hemisphere, most of the images on our site are from North America, so your UK submission is a great addition to our site.  According to UK Butterflies:  “The Red Admiral is a frequent visitor to gardens throughout the British Isles and one of our most well-known butterflies. This butterfly is unmistakable, with the velvety black wings intersected by striking red bands.  This butterfly is primarily a migrant to our shores, although sightings of individuals and immature stages in the first few months of the year, especially in the south of England, mean that this butterfly is now considered resident. This resident population is considered to only be a small fraction of the population seen in the British Isles, which gets topped up every year with migrants arriving in May and June that originate in central Europe. Unfortunately, most individuals are unable to survive our winter, especially in the cooler regions of the British Isles.  The number of adults seen in any one year is therefore dependent on the number of migrants reaching the British Isles and numbers fluctuate as a result. In some years this butterfly can be widespread and common, in others rather local and scarce.” 

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Subject: Butterefly ID
Location: Tnorthern Illinois
July 25, 2015 8:07 am
Hi
I saw this beauty in my yard. They were around in late July for a week. Any idea what it is and where it lives and feeds?
Signature: Geo

Red Spotted Purple

Red Spotted Purple

Hi Geo,
In the opinion of the editorial staff of What’s That Bug?, the Red Spotted Purple, like the one in your image, is one of the most beautiful North American butterflies.

Thanks so much Daniel,
I am sitting on my patio and it just just flew by again. Now I know what to call it.
Have a nice day.
P.s. Blue jay baby just walked by. What a day.

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Subject:  Red Admiral
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
July 5, 2015
We love Red Admiral butterflies.  In our opinion, they have more personality than just about any other butterfly.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

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Subject: What butterfly is this?
Location: Old Fort, NC 28762
June 11, 2015 4:23 pm
This butterfly landed on the wood of my back porch and just stayed in one place until it left but it slowly opened and closed it’s wings the whole time (15-20 minutes). I’ve tried other butterfly/bug identifying websites but I couldn’t find a picture of it anywhere. I love butterflies and I really want to know if this one is native to this area because I’d love to see one again!
Signature: Thank you for your time, Victoria

Male Diana Fritillary

Male Diana Fritillary

Dear Victoria,
This spectacular and not very common butterfly is a male Diana Fritillary, a species with pronounced sexual dimorphism because the female Diana Fritillary looks like an entirely different species.  We wish you had sent higher resolution files.

Male Diana Fritillary

Male Diana Fritillary

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