The Southern Dogface Sulpher is easy to ID.. The black spot on its wing as well as the pink color. Its such a unquie butterfly in the sulpher family.
They can be seen all year around… and oh my goodness, I didn’t see that grasshopper to the right of the butterfly.
Sometimes, actually more times then I would want to admit, when you are so focused photographing one subject you tend to forget to look around. It is super cool to find these suprises!
First time I have seen this fly at Chassahowitzka WMA, at first I thought it was a Robber Fly. So with a little bit of research, I found this to be a Hunchback Bee Fly.
I think this Bee fly is a little big for that juvenile Green Lynx spider, got to give it credit for its encouragement.
So from what I read… These flies gather towards yellow colored flowers. The flower above is a Leavenworth’s Tickseed..
Flies like this Hunchback Bee Fly are great pollinators and rarely get the credit they deserve. So here’s to all those Hunchback Bee Flies.. “You are appreciated!”
First time I ever seen this hairstreak before, I usually see Red-banded or Grey, this was certainly a bonus on my trip to Chassahowitzka WMA.
To see this butterfly in person is amazing, the blue and orange colors are truly fantastic and what a cute face!
I wish I had more time photographing before it flew off, luckily their flight season is February – November so hopefully I will be able to get another chance.
Mistletoe is their host plant.