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.

1 comment:

  1. I'm continually amazed at all the fascinating insects you two unearth. Great photos of them too.