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Subject: Grey hairstreaks puddling
Location: Baltimore Maryland
July 19, 2014 1:33 pm
While out walking in my local park I came across a puddle where some Grey hairstreak male butterflies had gathered and wanted to share the picture with you guys :)
Signature: R.W

Puddling Eastern Tailed Blues

Puddling Eastern Tailed Blues

Dear R.W.,
Your image of puddling Gossamer Winged Butterflies is quite beautiful, however we would like to correct your identification.  We believe these are Eastern Tailed Blues,
Cupido comyntas, not Gray Hairstreaks.  Compare the markings on the images of Eastern Tailed Blues on BugGuide to the images of Gray Hairstreaks on BugGuide, and we believe you will agree with our correction.

I do agree and thank you for the correction, I was going vaguely based on memory of past books I’ve borrowed from the library- I wish you guys the best and have a safe summer.

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Subject: Blue Butterfly Drowning Incident
Location: Silver Lake (Los Angeles) CA
July 10, 2014 12:26 am
Hi Daniel,
These tiny butterflies never stand still long enough to get a good photo, except when they turn up in the dog’s water bowl. In the sunlight, their wings flash brilliant blue near their bodies (I thought their bodies were even blue – after reviewing the photos – I was wrong on that count.)
Wingtip to wingtip, the butterfly might measure an entire inch across. In the sun they look more gray than brown and their blue is iridescent. They particularly like the Plumbago (blue flowers) growing all over the hill.
http://redcarproperty.blogspot.com/2014/07/corralitas-drive-blue-butterfly-drowns.html
Signature: Diane E

Marine Blue

Marine Blue

Hi Diane,
The Marine Blue,
Leptotes marina, is a very common butterfly in Los Angeles, and their adaptation to cultivated plumbago as a larval food plant has undoubtedly led to the presence of the Marine Blue throughout Los Angeles.  This female has more brown on its wings than the bluer male.  The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) website has a nice comparison of the sexes.  It appears that the coloration of the Marine Blue is not because of pigment, but because of the way the scales react to light, so we will attempt additional research on this speculation.

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Subject: Lycaenidae Butterfly
Location: Grete, Greece
July 4, 2014 1:47 pm
Dear “what’s the bug”
I have been for a long time trying to identify this butterfly. I tend to believe that it is a common blue (Polyommatus icarus) but I am not sure, because the spots are not that clear. Could you please help me identify it? It was photographed in the island of Crete, Greece in 16 March 2013. The habitat was brushwood under heavy grazing pressure.
Thanks a lot in advance
Signature: Thanasis

Blue

Blue

Dear Thanasis,
Blues are a very difficult group for us to identity, but we are posting your images and we will do the research.  Meanwhile, perhaps one of our readers who is more familiar with the Lycaean Blues will write in and assist in the identification.

Grecian Blue

Grecian Blue

Dear Daniel Marlos,
thank you very much for your immediate reply. I’m grateful for your help, and I hope that there will be a solution (it’s been more than a year that a have not succeeded to ID this butterfly.)
Best Regards,
Thanasis

Hi again Thanasis,
Many times we get comments that identify a species from long ago in our archives, and we are no longer able to contact the person who submitted the request, so we would advise you to place a comment on the posting to connect you to people who may write in in the future.

 

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Western Pygmy Blue
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
June 24, 2014 5:00 PM
While taking some images of the California Harvester Ants, we noticed a butterfly so small it could only be a Western Pygmy Blue.  Our images are not as nice as Anna’s are, but they do document this lovely diminutive butterfly in Mount Washington.

Western Pygmy Blue

Western Pygmy Blue

The Western Pygmy Blue is the smallest butterfly in North America.

Western Pygmy Blue

Western Pygmy Blue

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Subject: butterflies in fire pit
Location: Idaho City, Idaho
May 9, 2014 2:39 pm
My friend found these butterflies flocking to an old fire pit near Idaho City, Idaho. We’re curious to know what species they are and why they have such an interest in charred wood? In my Google searches, I came across a YouTube video of what looked like hundreds of these same type of butterflies in someone else’s fire pit. Apparently, what my friend witnessed wasn’t an isolated phenomenon, but I was unable to find any real answers. Thanks for any help you can give us.
Signature: Hanna

Echo Azures in a Fire Pit

Echo Azures in a Fire Pit

Dear Hanna,
These are Blues in the subfamily Polyommatinae, and we believe we have correctly identified them as Echo Azures,
Celastrina echo, thanks to images posted to BugGuide where it states:  “Most western Azures have been classified as belonging to this species name. Where this species and more easterly ranging species meet, and how to tell them apart is not well presented in literature as of yet.”  We also believe we have a good hypothesis as to why they are in the fire pit.  We suspect this was a night time fire that was doused with water and that the Echo Azures were drinking the moisture left behind the next day.  Many male butterflies, most notably Blues and Swallowtails, gather at sites of moisture to drink and take advatage of minerals found at the puddle, an activity known as mud puddling or just puddling.

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Subject: Butterfly
Location: Cooper Mt. Washington County, Oregon
May 9, 2014 8:37 am
WTB,
My friends and I took photos of this butterfly and are having trouble finding the species. There was a pair in a meadow at Cooper Mt., Washington County, Oregon, about 500 ft. elevation. We are using The Guide to Butterflies of Oregon and Washington by William Neill. We looked at field marks and host plants. Any information you can give us will be greatly appreciated.
We are birders, with basic wildflower ID abilities. We are working to add butterflies and bugs to our repertoire.
Thank you,
Signature: Judi Dodson

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blue

Dear Judi,
Your butterfly is one of the Blues in the subfamily Polyommatinae and we believe we have correctly identified it as a Silvery Blue, Glaucopsyche lygdamus, thanks to the images posted to BugGuide, where it is described as having:  “Underside gray-brown; both wings with row of white-ringed, round black spots. “

Daniel,
Thank you so much.  And I appreciate the link to BugGuide.  We will definitely be using their information. I’ll also be sending the link to What’s That Bug to my friends.
Judi Dodson

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