With a few days in the 70s, the butterflies have popped in during the past week.
Falcate Orange Tip
Hop Merchant (a.k.a. Eastern Comma)
Butterflies have such cool names.
Even when the butterflies themselves are nothing to write home about, the names are often fantastic.
Thumbing through my field guide, some names I love include:
Ringless Blue Cracker
Antillean Dagger Wing
Malicious Shady Skipper
and my favorite:
Redundant Swarthy Skipper.
There is an interesting Hans Christian Andersen story about a butterfly who wished for a bride.
It contains the sentence, "The pea-blossom pleased him most of all; she was white and red, graceful and slender, and belonged to those domestic maidens who have a pretty appearance, and can yet be useful in the kitchen."
After having "been too long choosing, which is always a bad plan," the indecisive butterfly winds up stuck on a pin in a box of curiosities.
"Now I am perched on a stalk, like the flowers," he says. "It is not very pleasant, certainly; I should imagine it is something like being married; for here I am stuck fast."
I really have to wonder about Hans Christian Andersen sometimes.