North Virginia high summer

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Kip
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Re: North Virginia high summer

Postby Kip » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:21 pm

Lovely fresh Silvery Checkerspots in the Blue Ridge Mountains...
170830  Silvery Checkerspot. Blue Ridge Parkway__3083.jpg

170830  Silvery Checkerspot. James River Crossing, Blue Ridge Parkway__3114.jpg


Not to be confused with the Pearl Crescent...
170829  Phycoides tharos. Pearl Crescent.  Great Smoky Mountains__2826.jpg
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David M
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Re: North Virginia high summer

Postby David M » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:52 pm

Beautiful, Kip. Like a cross between a Heath Fritillary and a spring brood Map.

Kip
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Re: North Virginia high summer

Postby Kip » Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:03 pm

Yeah, I get that, their uppersides sure are!!!

Well, here are a few more from the last few days....
first, two different Red Spotted Purples...
170830  Limenitis arthemis. Red Spotted Purple. Blue Ridge Parkway__3535.jpg

170830  Limenitis arthemis.  Red Spotted Purple. James River Crossing, Blue Ridge Parkway__3124.jpg


next, a couple of different satyrids.. poor focus "record" shots, but both new to me...
Carolina Satyr..
170830  Carolina Satyr. James River Crossing, Blue Ridge Parkway__3121.jpg

I love this one, which was Small Heath size, and rather different... the Gemmed Satyr... really is a gem!!
170830  Cyllopsis gemma. Gemmed Satyr. James River Crossing, Blue Ridge Parkway__3166.jpg


then the American Snout, only one seen..
170831  Libytheana carinenta. American Snout. Bluemont VA__3633.jpg


the Clouded Sulphur...
170831  Colias philodice. Clouded Sulphur. Bluemont VA__3557.jpg


Lastly some more Grey Hairstreaks..
170831  Strymon melinus. Grey Hairstreak.  Bluemont VA__3565.jpg

170831  Strymon melinus. Grey Hairstreak.  Bluemont VA__3290.jpg


and another Red-banded Hairstreak..
170828  Calycopis cecrops.  Red-banded Hairstreak.  _2675.jpg


Hoped for other Hairstreaks but didn't see any apart from these two species, never mind.
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David M
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Re: North Virginia high summer

Postby David M » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:10 pm

More mouth-watering species, Kip, especially the Red Banded Hairstreak, which is absolutely stunning. There looks to be a healthy range in that part of the States.

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Re: North Virginia high summer

Postby Kip » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:24 pm

Yep, it's pretty good out there, but it takes some effort to find good places in the sprawl that is human America :shock:
The Red-banded is gorgeous, but it is tiny, about Small Blue size. It also tends to be a little difficult to approach! But then again, I'm starting to find they are all " a little difficult to approach"... I think I must be getting more "stompy".... Guy will attest to my lack of stealth when approaching targets, it's the excitement you know :roll: I'm sure I used to be better :?
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