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Subject:  Yellow & white butterflies
Geographic location of the bug:  Rio Aripuana ~500 km upstream Manaus
Date: 12/10/2019
Time: 01:10 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:
1) The target species on this image is a Heraclides (Papilio) anchisiades, Id:ed by Jorge Bizarro, one of the top people on Nymphalides and Moths and Hawk Moths in tropical America. The yellow ones and white ones I have not Id:ed. I have learned there are several similar species. I ´d appreciate if you like to give them a try. Photo taken Rio Aripuana Brazil bout 450 km upstream from Manaus 2019-10-05.
How you want your letter signed:  Stefan

Puddling Ruby Spotted Swallowtail and Sulphur Butterflies

Dear Stefan,
Thanks for sending your image of a puddling Ruby Spotted Swallowtail.  According to Learn About Butterflies:  “
Heraclides anchisiades is a very common and widespread species, found from Texas to Paraguay.”  The yellow and white butterflies are in the family Pieridae, the Whites and Sulphurs, but we cannot provide you with a conclusive species identification based on your image.  There are many species pictured on Butterflies of the Amazon & Andes.  This puddling behavior is a communal activity that often involves several different families of butterflies congregating to take in moisture as well as dissolved minerals.

Subject:  Butterfly or moth found in amman
Geographic location of the bug:  Amman, jordan
Date: 08/31/2019
Time: 06:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, i found this dead butterfly or moth and was just wondering what its name was. I tried to find it online but nothing came up.
How you want your letter signed:  Raya

Salmon Caper Butterfly

Dear Raya,
We identified this Salmon Caper Butterfly,
Madais fausta fausta, on image 1g of The Butterflies of Jordan where it states:  ” The Salmon Caper Butterfly is a rather migratory species with a distribution con- fined to the Jordan Valley and the upper Mediterranean zone. … It seems that it has two broods, one in spring and another towards the end of July.

Subject:  Green Lynx Spider eats Cabbage White on Lavender
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, CA
Date: 09/16/2018
Time: 03:30 PM PDT
Daniel took the weekend off from responding to the numerous queries that arrived from the public to entertain a friend and to do some gardening.  This drama of a male Green Lynx Spider feeding on a Cabbage White on the lavender was too interesting to ignore.

Green Lynx Spider eats Cabbage White

Green Lynx Spider eats Cabbage White

Subject: Cloudless Sulphur puddling
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 07/06/2018
Time: 05:15 PM EDT
Last week when temperatures in Los Angeles reached triple digits, Daniel was watering and he was lucky enough to be able to approach a normally very wary and fast flying Cloudless Sulphur as it puddled at the mud created by the hose.

Cloudless Sulphur


Subject:  Mating Cabbage Whites
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 06/18/2018
Time: 11:50 AM EDT
Out editorial staff returned from visiting family in Ohio, and Eric, who picked us up at the airport was kind enough to take this image of mating Cabbage Whites on the huajes tree at the end of the driveway.

Mating Cabbage Whites


Subject: Butterfly ID
Location: Northern Spain
July 28, 2017 8:44 am
Hi Guy’s,
I took these images in Northern Spain in June but I can’t identify them, can you help.
Signature: Tony Mellor UK

Bath White

Dear Tony,
Your butterfly images represent multiple families, consequently, we will take them one at a time so as not to create too much confusion in our archiving process.  One file was labeled Bath White, and upon researching that, we agree with your identification thanks to this image of
 Pontia daplidice on UK Butterflies where it states:  “This is an extremely scarce immigrant to the British Isles and, in some years, is not seen at all. However, on occasion, it does appear in large numbers, such as the great immigration of 1945. The first specimen was recorded in the British Isles in the late 17th century. Between 1850 and 1939 there were very few records, with only a few years reaching double figures. The exception was 1906 when several hundred were supposedly seen on the cliffs at Durdle Door, Dorset, although these records are considered suspect. The great years for this species, however, were between 1944 and 1950, with over 700 seen in 1945, mostly in Cornwall. This species has been extremely scarce ever since with less than 20 individuals recorded since 1952. It is believed that this species cannot survive our winter although some offspring resulting from the 1945 invasion may have survived into the following year. In the British Isles the species was potentially capable of producing 2 or 3 broods in good years.
The butterfly was originally known as “Vernon’s Half Mourner” after the first recognised capture by William Vernon in Cambridgeshire in May 1702, although earlier records are now known. However, the common name of this butterfly comes from a piece of needlework that figures this species, supposedly showing a specimen taken in or near Bath in 1795, and the name seems to have “stuck”. This species is a rare migrant to the British Isles. Although most records come from the south coast of England, this species has been reported as far north as Lincolnshire and Yorkshire in England, and also in County Wexford, south east Ireland (a record from 1893).”
According to Learn About Butterflies:  “
Pontia is represented in all continents except North America and Australasia. The most widespread and abundant species is daplidice. It occurs in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, the Canary Islands and over most of Europe. … The butterfly is also recorded as a rare vagrant in southern Britain.”

Daniel thanks for the very detailed reply. I thought it was a bath white but it’s probiscus didn’t look right, it seemed to have a forked growth on it, that’s why u sent it to you.