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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Northen Crescent- Now I'm Sure!

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Last year, in September, I showed you a picture of one of these same butterflies. But at that time I incorrectly identified it. I'm not going to tell you the incorrect ID yet, because it will make you remember the wrong name. I'm now positive that it's a Northern Crescent, Phyciodes cocyta.

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They are found in Michigan, as verified at the Butterfly Site (Although they don't list any blues there, and we know there are several. Hmmm.)

Now that I know what the markings are, I don't think I'll forget this one. Butterfly patterns always seem so random, but they really aren't. This one is actually a male. The females are different, but I haven't gotten a picture of one yet.

In this last picture, you can see its cute little curled proboscis (a snout that it can uncurl and drink nectar through like a straw).

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If you want to take a peek at the one from last year, you will see how exactly alike the markings are with what has to be a different individual. It's linked by my signature.

If you really want to know the very similar one (if you are learning enough to want to separate the look-alikes), shhhh.... it's the silvery checkerspot. I haven't taken a picture of one of those yet.

See Corrected to Northern Crescent


Ann said...

It's quite pretty. I'm horrible at identifying things so I just call them all butterflies :)

betchai said...

i love the pattern, it's so unique and beautiful.

Sharkbytes said...

Ann- that works just fine!

betchai- There are lots of these little orange butterflies. I know about 2 of them, but I think I've got this one now.

RNSANE said...

That is such an elegant butterfly with beautiful markings. I don't think I've ever seen one lovelier...though I do like the Monarch quite a bit. Nature is truly wonderful.

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