Chirps and Cheeps

A Photo Journal of My Birding Experiences & Observations

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  Butterflies and Moths

As time has gone along, my passion for birds has not waned like I thought it might.  In fact, it's only grown!  BUT - I've now seen all of the normally occurring birds here in WNY and my time isn't taken up with "chasing" new birds much any more.  Subsequently, during the summer months, I find myself distracted by the brightly "painted" butterflies and moths that flit around my yard and bird outings.  I'm beginning to develop a keen interest and enjoyment in God's handiwork in yet another chunk of taxononomy, those species that fall within the order of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths).  Before now, I never fully appreciated nor took the time to study these delicate beauties.

Although I doubt I'll ever delve into "leps" to the near obsessive extent that I have for birds, I DO want to track and list what I see, accompanied by whatever photos I can get. I'm already finding that photographing these fast-moving, fickle-winged creatures is much more challenging than I imagined!  But try, I will! I hope you enjoy my beginning "newbie" findings...



My Sightings

image of Wild Indigo Duskywing
Wild Indigo Duskywing
Erynnis baptisiae
  July 26, 2020
  Woodlawn Beach SP
image of Peck's Skipper
Peck's Skipper
Polites peckius
  August 19, 2020
  Beaver Island SP
image of Silver-spotted Skipper
Silver-spotted Skipper
Epargyreus clarus
  July 20, 2020
  Orchard Park - Home
image of Least Skipper
Least Skipper
Ancyloxypha numitor
  July 28, 2020
  Woodlawn Beach SP
image of Crossline Skipper
Crossline Skipper
Polites origenes
  July 11, 2020
  Owen Falls Sanctuary
image of Spring Azure
Spring Azure
Celastrina ladon
  April 18, 2017
  Woodlawn Beach SP
image of Eastern Tailed-Blue
Eastern Tailed-Blue
Cupido comyntas
  August 04, 2020
  Sturgeon Point
image of Eastern Tailed-Blue
Eastern Tailed-Blue
Cupido comyntas
  August 19, 2020
  Beaver Island SP
image of Red-spotted Purple
Red-spotted Purple
Limenitis arthemis astyanax
  July 30, 2020
  Chautauqua County
image of Red-spotted Purple
Red-spotted Purple
Limenitis arthemis astyanax
  July 30, 2020
  Chautauqua County
image of Red-spotted Purple
Red-spotted Purple
Limenitis arthemis astyanax
  August 07, 2020
  Beaver Island SP
image of White Admiral
White Admiral
Limenitis arthemis arthemis
  August 07, 2020
  Beaver Island SP
image of Viceroy
Viceroy
Limenitis archippus
  August 07, 2020
  Beaver Island SP
image of Viceroy
Viceroy
Limenitis archippus
  August 13, 2020
  Conewango WMA
image of Appalachian Brown
Appalachian Brown
Satyrodes appalachia
  June 25, 2020
  Tillman Rd. WMA
image of Common Buckeye
Common Buckeye
Junonia coenia
  August 17, 2019
  Woodlawn Beach SP
image of Common Buckeye
Common Buckeye
Junonia coenia
  August 26, 2020
  Sturgeon Point
image of Eastern Comma
Eastern Comma
Polygonia comma
  August 07, 2020
  Beaver Island SP
image of Eastern Comma
Eastern Comma
Polygonia comma
  August 07, 2020
  Beaver Island SP
image of Question Mark
Question Mark
Polygonia interrogationis
  July 07, 2020
  Chestnut Ridge Park
image of Northern Crescent
Northern Crescent
Phyciodes cocyta
  July 30, 2020
  Chautauqua County
image of Pearl Crescent
Pearl Crescent
Phyciodes tharos
  July 01, 2020
  Beaver Island SP
image of Pearl Crescent
Pearl Crescent
Phyciodes tharos
  July 29, 2020
  Buffalo Outer Harbor
image of Mourning Cloak
Mourning Cloak
Nymphalis antiopa
  July 11, 2020
  Owen Falls Sanctuary
image of Atlantis Fritillary
Atlantis Fritillary
Speyeria atlantis
  July 02, 2015
  Oregon Road, Adirondacks
image of Monarch
Monarch
Danaus plexippus
  July 14, 2013
  Iroquois NWR
image of Common Ringlet
Common Ringlet
Coenonympha tullia
  August 02, 2020
  Bennett Beach
image of Eyed Brown
Eyed Brown
Satyrodes eurydice
  July 13, 2020
  Evangola SP
image of Northern Pearly-eye
Northern Pearly-eye
Enodia anthedon
  July 14, 2020
  Erie County Forest
image of Common Wood-Nymph
Common Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis pegala
  August 04, 2020
  Sturgeon Point
image of Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes
  September 07, 2018
  Times Beach NP
image of Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes
  July 22, 2020
  North Collins - Morley Rd
image of Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes
  July 22, 2020
  North Collins - Morley Rd
image of Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes
  July 29, 2020
  Buffalo Outer Harbor
image of Black Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes
  August 29, 2020
  Woodlawn Beach SP
image of Spicebush Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtail
Papilio troilus
  July 14, 2013
  Iroquois NWR
image of Spicebush Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtail
Papilio troilus
  August 02, 2020
  Sturgeon Point
image of Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio glaucus
  July 14, 2020
  Erie County Forest
image of Giant Swallowtail
Giant Swallowtail
Papilio cresphontes
  August 12, 2018
  Woodlawn Beach SP
image of Giant Swallowtail
Giant Swallowtail
Papilio cresphontes
  August 17, 2019
  Times Beach NP
image of Giant Swallowtail
Giant Swallowtail
Papilio cresphontes
  August 17, 2019
  Times Beach NP
image of Giant Swallowtail
Giant Swallowtail
Papilio cresphontes
  August 21, 2020
  Woodlawn Beach SP
image of Clouded Sulphur
Clouded Sulphur
Colias philodice
  July 22, 2020
  North Collins - Morley Rd
image of Orange Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
Colias eurytheme
  July 26, 2020
  Woodlawn Beach SP
image of Cabbage White
Cabbage White
Pieris rapae
  July 28, 2020
  Woodlawn Beach SP
image of Lunate Zale Moth
Lunate Zale Moth
Zale lunata
  July 17, 2020
  Orchard Park - Home
image of False Crocus Geometer
False Crocus Geometer
Xanthotype urticaria
  August 04, 2020
  Sturgeon Point
image of Greater/Lesser Grapevine Looper
Greater/Lesser Grapevine Looper
Eulithis gracilineata/diversilineata
  July 19, 2020
  Orchard Park - Home
image of Cecropia Silkmoth
Cecropia Silkmoth
Hyalophora cecropia
  June 05, 2020
  Orchard Park - Home
image of Luna Moth
Luna Moth
Actias luna
  June 12, 2010
  Orchard Park - Home
image of Tuliptree Silkmoth
Tuliptree Silkmoth
Callosamia angulifera
  July 13, 2020
  Orchard Park - Home
image of Small-eyed sphinx
Small-eyed sphinx
Paonias myops
  June 26, 2019
  Orchard Park - Home
image of Hummingbird Clearwing
Hummingbird Clearwing
Hemaris thysbe
  July 02, 2015
  Spring Pond Bog, Adirondacks
image of Snowberry Clearwing
Snowberry Clearwing
Hemaris diffinis
  July 28, 2020
  Orchard Park - Home


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