Butterflies September 17

The unusually hot Indiana weather in September – high’s in low 90’s with no clouds – had people complaining about not being able to do their afternoon activates. But for a guy who goes to the semi-arid world on vacation it didn’t bother me. In fact, it felt good. So I was out on the weekend afternoons and can now present Butterflies September 17. And a few photos from August also.

Since I’m still learning butterflies I didn’t stray far from home. Mainly the pond area out back and the local parks. But those areas provided plenty of learning opportunities.

Butterflies September 17

Common Checkered-Skippers made their appearance the weekend of the 23rd. I learned they are migratory and disperse north from Southern States in the fall.

A Common Buckeye kept throwing me since I hadn’t learned its fall pattern.

This was what I was expecting Common Buckeyes to look like this. It was the most numerous butterfly seen mid-month.

If you haven’t heard Painted Lady are having an outbreak this year. It was numerous from mid-month through the end.

By looking through the forewing I could ID this Question Mark from an Eastern Comma. The fourth spot is missing.

A Northern Pearly-eye was a surprise find at Eagle Creek Park.

A Hackberry Emperor also from Eagle Creek Park.

Fiery Skipper is a migrant and I started noticing them arriving from the south early in the month.

I’m sure Sachem had arrived from the south over the summer but I didn’t notice until September.

Peck’s Skipper

For the year I’ve logged around thirty species of Butterflies in Indiana. And I still have a few more photos to ID. Plus ID photos from Colorado. Hopefully things will settle down by the end of October and I’ll start getting caught up. But I’m not counting on it.

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