Category Archives: insects

Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)

This is one of the first butterflies seen in spring. It rarely lands with its wings open, so you only see the bright blue color in flight. This one took me about ten minutes to photograph. They rarely stay still!

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Clymene Moth (Haploa clymene)

I found this moth a couple of weeks ago in my backyard. I was so excited because I had never seen anything like it. The dark marking on its closed wings resembled a cross or dagger. Instantly I thought this … Continue reading

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Dogbane Beetle (Chrysochus auratus)

Can’t see it in the picture well, but apparently the feet and legs of this colorful beetle are white.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

This beauty is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States. The male has four “tiger” stripes on each wing. Females usually have more blue coloration on their wings. My daughter spotted this one!

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