Southern Dogface Butterflies

While in-between assignments I was able to get some nature photography in! First stop was a quick couple of hours at Citrus Tract in Withlacoochee State Forest. Loads of Southern Dogface butterflies and Pipevine Swallowtails.

Southern Dogface | July 18 | Alice Mary Herden
Southern Dogface | July 18 | Alice Mary Herden
Pipevine Swallowtail | July 18 | Alice Mary Herden
Pipevine Swallowtail | July 18 | Alice Mary Herden

The last time I visited Citrus WMA was June 17 and June 20, and there were so many Queens and Bella Moths… only saw a few on this day. As I gather more details I believe this is some good information to keep track of.


Links:

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/southern-dogface/

Host plants: Bastard Indigo and Summer Farewell

 

National Pollinator Week

An awesome day with my friend Linda in the back roads of Citrus WMA… and another great day celebration National Pollinator Week.

Southern Dogface | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden
Southern Dogface | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden

Again a great pollinator day at Citrus WMA…. Loads of Southern Dogface, Queens and the best of all was the Ornate Bella Moths! How often are you able to get that close to a Bella Moth using a 60mm macro lens with a 25 II extension tube?

Ornate Bella Moth | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden
Ornate Bella Moth | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden
Ornate Bella Moth | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden
Ornate Bella Moth | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden
Ornate Bella Moth | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden
Ornate Bella Moth | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden

Have a great week outdoors photographing nature!

 

 

Southern Dogface Sulpher

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.

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Southern Dogface Sulpher | Alice Mary Herden | Big Pine Tract {12/03/18}

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!


Links:

Click to access Southern-Dogface-3D-card.pdf

https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Zerene-cesonia