Saturday, March 14, 2009

Greenish Blue - Plebejus saepiolus

I like all butterflies, but this is one of my favourites. It's color is hard to describe. We usually see them in early summer gathered around puddles. I found this one resting on our rose bush one evening in early July when I went out to check the webs around the house.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Leafhopper - Cuerna alpina

When I first saw this leafhopper I was on my knees in the leaf litter trying to get some shots of a spider. I was amazed to see such beautiful color on something so small. If I had been just walking down the trail there is no way that I would have seen it. It really makes me appreciate how much we see if we actually get down and look. This one was down the West Arm Road which is one of our favorite places.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Common Branded Skipper - Hesperia comma

I love these little guys. They seem to show up around late summer and are always fluttering along the edge of our walking trail. They seem to stop at every weed and flower along the way. I photographed this one last August.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Green Comma - Polygonia faunus

Last July I found this beauty climbing up the wall of our house. I took a bunch of photos and right before my eyes it started to turn into a beautiful chrysalis. I kept it in a jar till the metamorphosis was complete, got a few more photos then opened the door and released it. I watched it fly off. Pretty amazing.