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  • Rare Skipper
    on Jul 12, 2011 in Hesperiidae Rare Skipper R
    The rare skipper is a medium sized butterfly in the family Hesperiidae (skippers). Its wingspan is 1½ to 2⅛ inches (3.9 to 5.4 cm). The uppersides of both wings are yelloworange with a black margin, which is wider on females. The undersi...
  • Green Comma
    on Jul 8, 2011 in Nymphalidae Green Comma G
    The Green Comma (Polygonia faunus) is similar to the common Eastern Comma, but a little smaller, darker beneath, and with a more jagged trailing edge of the wings; can usually be distinguished by the irregular wing margins and the subm...
  • Ruddy Daggerwing
    on Jul 6, 2011 in Nymphalidae Ruddy Daggerwing R
    Identification of Ruddy Daggerwing--tip of forewing is elongated, hindwing has long dagger-like tails. Upperside is orange with 3 thin black lines. Underside is mottled brown and black, resembling a dead leaf. Like the adult form, their primary...
  • Hayhurst's Scallopwing
    on Jun 29, 2011
    Description of Hayhurst's Scallopwing, with wing margins are scalloped; fringe is checkered black and tan. Upperside is dark brown with 2 darker bands across each wing; forewing has a few tiny translucent dots. Dark and buff checkered fringes. Female...
  • Spicebush Swallowtail
    on Jun 27, 2011 in Papilionidae Spicebush Swallowtail S
    Spicebush Swallowtails are similar to the other dark swallowtails, but can be quickly identified, even in flight, by the series of pale blue half-moons near the trailing edge of the hindwings. This one is a bit worn, missing its tails. The spice...
  • Polydamas Swallowtail
    on Jun 24, 2011 in Polydamas Swallowtail Papilionidae P
    The Gold Rim Swallowtail or Polydamas Swallowtail (Battus polydamas) is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. It is found in the Neotropic ecozone of North America and South America], and the Southernmost parts of the North American Nearctic ecozon...
  • Mimosa Yellow
    on Jun 23, 2011 in Large Marble Pieridae Mimosa Yellow
    The Mimosa Yellow (Pyrisitia nise) is one of many neotropical Coliadinae species. Whites and Sulphurs are small to medium sized butterflies. Their wingspans range from 1 1/8 - 2 inches (2.9 - 5.1 cm). They are more a butterfly of the forest...
  • Zebra Heliconian
    on Jun 21, 2011 in Nymphalidae Z Zebra Heliconian
    Zebra Heliconian , also called Zebra Longwings, they are common in south Florida and south Texas. It is a very rare stray in North Carolina however, which has been recorded from several North Carolina counties in the piedmont and coastal plain. ...
  • Bartram's Scrub-HairstreakBartram's is like a more elegant version of the related Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus), with broader white lines, two white dots on the hindwing, longer tails, lovely pale blue fringe when fresh. Bartram's is a distinctive and rare hairstreak of...
  • Black Swallowtail
    on Jun 10, 2011 in Papilionidae B Black Swallowtail
    Black Swallowtail, one of our most common and familiar butterflies, easily confused with several other dark swallowtail species. The undersides of males and females are similar. The caterpillars are more often seen than adults. The caterpillar has a...
  • Greenish Blue
    on Jun 5, 2011
    In the female the forewing is dim tan with a blue sheen, absolutely close to the base of the wings, and there is a column of weak orange-topped dark spots on the hindwing edge. The upperside in the male is a pale metallic blue, with narrow black bord...
  • Great Southern White
    on Jun 3, 2011 in Pieridae
    Great Southern White is a large white butterfly common in the extreme southern US. It sometimes strays north and is accidental in North Carolina. This butterfly is common in coastal areas where its lazy, low flight may visit a garden near you. The...
  • Common Banded Skipper
    on Jun 1, 2011
    This skipper is a dull orange, with quite dissimilar white spots. Above, the male is orange with a fairly wide black margin, and a prominent stigma. This skipper is highly variable, both between subspecies and individually. The upperside is orange br...
  • Western Brown Elfin
    on May 31, 2011 in Lycaenidae
    Found from ocean level to tree-line in a fabulous mixed bag of territories; frequently regular. An early-spring species, possibly single-brooded but with indications of a second crop at the most reduced rises (which might be due to staggered emergenc...
  • Red-banded Hairstreak
    on May 29, 2011
    One of our most normal and different hairstreaks. They happen throughout North Carolina, but are most exceptionally normal in the Coastal Plain and easier Piedmont. The caterpillars feed on fallen (or live) leaves of sumacs (Rhus), especially Winge...
  • Fiery Skipper
    on May 28, 2011 in Hesperiidae F
    The shape of the stigma on the male should distinguish phyleus from similarly patterned skippers. The Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae and are approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. The males are orange or yello...
  • Pale Swallowtail
    on May 27, 2011 in Papilionidae P
    Papilio eurymedon, the pale swallowtailis a relatively common swallowtail butterfly found throughout much of the western United States. It is found on the Pacific coast from northern Baja California to southernmost British Columbia and inland to New...
  • California Dogface
    on May 27, 2011
    Zerene eurydice, the California dogface butterfly, is sometimes placed in the related genus as Colias eurydice. It is endemic to California, and its state insect insignia. Male saffron-orange above with curved and pointed FW tips and thick black FW m...
  • Golden Hairstreak
    on May 26, 2011
    The Golden Hairstreak (Habrodais grunus) is the sole representative of the Habrodais genus in the United States. A very strange species, often common to abundant (but occasionally rare) and demonstrably long-lived, yet not known to visit flowers (or...
  • Common Checkered Skipper
    on May 25, 2011 in Hesperiidae
    The Common Checkered-skipper (Pyrgus communis) is a species of butterfly in the Hesperiidae family. The skipper members of this Order of insects are generally small and characterized by fast flight. Their wing venation and widely separated, curve-tip...
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