Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Flower for the Day Monarch Invasion II 10-5-16

Along with the monarchs on the tall asters in the meadow there were multiple other butterflies and moths and bees of all sizes. Below you can see a monarch in the center from 30 yards away.

Butterflies have two pairs of large wings that are covered with bright colored  scales and are typically erect at rest. They fly by day,  have clubbed antennae and feed on nectar. Moths are chiefly nocturnal and lack clubbed antennae. They have stout bodies and wings that fold flat when resting.
Here are some of the lepidoptera from yesterdays melee.

Can anyone identify these beauties?

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