The Daily Bucket is a place where we can post and exchange our observations about the natural happenings in our neighborhoods. Birds, bugs, blossoms and more - each notation is a record that we can refer to in the future as we try to understand the natural patterns that are unwinding around us.This has been a great year for butterflys here in mid Missouri. The weather has been unseasonably hot here all year but they seem to be thriving in the heat. Since the purchase of a camera a few weeks ago I've wasted a considerable amount of time chasing them around the yard trying to get pictures of them. While I've been answering comments in my Stream diary today I thought between comments I'd put together a little photo diary of the results of all that chasing so I could share them with you all. Hope you enjoy looking at them half as much as I did chasing them.
I have enjoyed and appreciated the beauty of butterflys all my life but most of the time I didn't know the names of them and I'll admit to you that it didn't really matter much to me. You might say that I was quite happy to watch them in blissful ignorance. But since I've started taking pictures of them I thought I should make an effort to identify them when possible. With the help of Google and a few of my fellow BYS members
I've been able to name most of them. However some of my IDs may be incorrect so if you see that I've made a mistake please don't hesitate to let me know so I can correct it.
We finally got a bit of rain here this week but we could use a whole lot more. Driest spring this year that I can ever remember. Mrs. burnt out and I have been waging war on Japanese beetles which like the butterflys, seem to be thriving in this heat. We have always had them here but never in the numbers we have this year. So we walk around the yard several times each day picking them off the various plants.Mrs. burnt out drops hers into a bucket of soapy water, I just squish em between my fingers... They seem particularly fond of roses but I don't think any plant in the yard is immune to them.
So what's happening in your yard? Any beetle infestations?
Fritillarys are by far the dominant species here and I think that we have a couple different subspecies of them. It is not uncommon to see as many six or eight in the yard at any given time throughout the day. I think they are called Great Spangled Fritillarys but I found one reference that calls them Northwestern Fritillarys.
This one I believe is a comma. I have only seen these a few times and this is the only picture I've been able to get of one.
As I said earlier, any mistakes I've made in identification and I'll be surprised if I haven't made one or two, please let me know. Thanks for looking!