Subject: Sad Butterfly
Location: Coryell County, Texas
November 19, 2013 12:53 am
I found this poor butterfly on the sidewalk of a shopping mall. I think it’s a Sleepy Orange. I don’t know what happened to it. Sad.
We agree that this is a Sleepy Orange, Abaeis nicippe, a female since it lacks the band on the lower wings visible in the wing pattern of the male. Compare this image of a mounted female Sleepy Orange on BugGuide to that of a male, also on BugGuide. Because of the way the wings are dislocated, we suspect trauma was involved in the death of this lovely butterfly. Based on the numerous images posted to BugGuide as well as the fine photographs of Sleepy Oranges you have submitted to us in the past, it is difficult to get a photo of the dorsal view in a living specimen.