Friday, March 18, 2011
bumblebee mimic and a powdered-skipper
Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)
A moth; this day-flying member of family Sphingidae is always nice to find. What I don't often observe is one perching, such as this individual.
Interesting what one can find when trying, without success, to photograph a species of butterfly with its wings spread:
Texas Powdered-Skipper (Systasea pulverulenta)
With wings open, this species reveal an intricate patterning. The larval host-plant for this species include various mallows.
Mallows do not necessarily equate to weeds.
Both of these species were found on Marathon Motel grounds in the Courtyard Cafe area.