While birding, Butterflies and Dragonflies always catch my eye. I recently purchased Kaufman's Field Guide to Butterflies of North America but know very little about them. Perhaps some of you can check my IDs and fill in the ones I don't know?
Clouded Sulphur? - Tunkwa Provincial Park (August)
Western Whites? - Tunkwa Provincial Park (August)
Fritillary species? - Tunkwa Provincial Park (August)
Common Wood-Nymph? - Tunkwa Provincial Park (August)
Common Branded Skipper? - Otter Lake Provincial Park (August)
Lorquin's Admiral in rough shape? - Otter Lake Provincial Park (August)
Too tough to tell? - Otter Lake Provincial Park in August
Is it even a butterfly or is it a moth? And how can you tell? - Otter Lake Provincial Park in August.
Beautiful Butterflies. We aren't proficient at butterfly ids but the last two are most likely moths. Moth's antennae resemble feathers where the butterfly's antennae are very smooth with a small knob at the end. The Sulphur could be a Clouded or another choice, Western??? The whites are really difficut for us. You are most likely right on the Western White but we are not experts. You probably saw the closed wings clearly so you could maybe get a better idea from both views, that goes for most ids. The Fritillary might be a Callippe??? Take a look at the Great Basin Wood Nymph and let us know what you think, please. Common Branded or another possibility is Woodland Skipper, what do you think? For sure a Lorquin's Admiral. Would be beautiful to see any of these, you are lucky and got super photos.
Another thought about the fritillary....we saw a tiny butterfly at the GBHNR this morning that looks similar and we thought maybe a Mylitta Crescent but they usually fly June-July. Maybe with the late season, they could also be late??? Boy, are they ever tough!!!! The patterns are so intricate and each one has male and female differences. What do you think of the Kaufman's Field Guide? We have two field guides that are okay but complications always arise when we start trying to id something.
Last Edit: Sept 5, 2011 20:10:48 GMT -8 by butterfly