Monday, April 12, 2010

Flora and fauna: Virginia blue bells, lilacs, and flutterbys 

We took a morning walk through the woods, and saw a lot of flowers and butterflys. We're off to Appomattox for some history and lunch, but not before leaving you with the best of the bunch.

At Chellowe


Butterfly on blue bells

Caught this guy mid-flight:




Of course, professional and amateur entomologists can contribute by identifying these species in the comments.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Apr 12, 01:56:00 PM:

Do Tiger Swallowtails qualify as the tiger photo of the day?  

By Anonymous Boludo Tejano, at Mon Apr 12, 01:57:00 PM:

Excellent photos. I will add my taxonomic expertise and identify one of the species as the Yellow and Black species of the genus nullus.
Class: Caesarium.  

By Anonymous Edward Lunny, at Mon Apr 12, 04:12:00 PM:

Do you manipulate the images , beyond sizing for these pages, before posting them ? The color saturation and detail level is admirable on my lcd. An lcd that hasn't been calibrated beyond hooking them there wire thingies to those sockety thingies on the back of that there box thingy sitting on the floor. Or are those fuscia azaleas really white and my denial about my, ahem, eyesight accuracy is deeper than I'm willing to admit ?  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Mon Apr 12, 04:45:00 PM:

No image manipulation -- shoot, dump, upload, post. That's it.  

By Blogger rcw, at Mon Apr 12, 05:13:00 PM:

Beautiful photos, TH!! Spring is clearly much further along in your neck of the woods than it is in Maine...

thanks for the preview.  

By Anonymous Edward Lunny, at Mon Apr 12, 05:54:00 PM:

" No image manipulation " Excellent, my delusions about my age related vision decline is safe for another day or so. Wonderful photos by the way. Ah, the wonders of modern technology....when they don't need immediate firmware or software upgrades that is.  

By Blogger Ed, at Tue Apr 13, 09:33:00 AM:

I believe the first anonymous commenter was quite right. These butterflies are Tiger Swallowtails.

The black ones are always female, the yellow can be male or female.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Apr 13, 01:37:00 PM:

Appomattox? Virginia is a beautiful place in the spring.


By Anonymous Tim, at Tue Apr 13, 06:54:00 PM:

These are indeed tiger swallowtails. They are the state butterfly of Virginia and several other states.  

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