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what are these beautiful butterflies
July 27, 2009
Hi Bug man,
I was hoping you could help in the names of these 4 beautiful butterflies
They are so beautiful with there painted on faces and designs
The love bugs are so cool looking God did great work making all these bugs
And it’s great to have a site like this to know what they all are.
Thank you
Sandy
eastern pa

American Painted Lady

American Painted Lady

Hi Sandy,
Your first photograph is of an American Painted Lady, Vanessa virginiensis, also known as a Hunter’s Butterfly.  You may read more about this spirited butterfly on BugGuide.  The mating butterflies are Silver Spotted Skippers
, Epargyreus clarus.  Skippers are considered butterflies, but many texts classify them as somewhere between butterflies and moths in terms of their evolution.  They are classified in the superfamily Hesperioidea and the other butterflies are placed in the superfamily Papilionoidea.  You may read more about Silver Spotted Skippers on BugGuide as well.  Your third butterfly is one of the greater Fritillaries, but the angle of view will not allow an easy identification.

Mating Silver Spotted Skippers

Mating Silver Spotted Skippers

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One Response to Mating Silver Spotted Skippers and American Painted Lady

  1. Laisseraller says:

    Great blog & photos! New blog on the Hx. of the Ladybug: http://historyoftheladybug.blogspot.com/

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