Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ctenucha virginica - July 12, 2017

Wandering in the yard I saw a butterfly with an orange head, a startlingly blue body, and black wings held flat on the body when at rest. It was flying rapidly and looking for flowers to drink from. Atypically for a butterflies, it was not moving erratically, not fluttering, but moving in almost straight lines but rapidly. Can one say a butterfly is making a "bee line" for flowers? Clicking on photos enlarges them.

Thanks Google! It's a moth, not a butterfly even though it flies in the daytime. As a caterpillar it feeds on sedges - which I have in abundance. ("Grasses are flat; Sedges have edges; rushes are round - " as Dr. Brown my Botany professor said.) Ctenucha also apparently drinks nectar from a wide variety of flowers; here it's partaking of nectar from a white clover.

Take a glance at the website below. (You might have to copy and paste into a browser but it's worth doing.) It's a very pretty diurnal moth.

Yarrow, Coreopsis, Ratibida

Larkspur buds, Hydrangea, Digitalis ambigua, 
Penstemon, Stachys

Larkspur, Digitalis ambigua, Hydrangea, 
Penstemon, Stachys, Yarrow

Clematis Jackmanii

Monarda (Bee Balm, Bergamot) and white clover


Evening Sky

Morning Moon

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