This was near the trail head today. I was a little tired after hiking several miles and once I left the canyon the heat was becoming oppressive. The grasses were chin tall and I was looking forward to getting to the Jeep. Then these little guys showed up almost right in my face and it was a new ball game! That thistle must have some wonderful nectar to keep the butterflies just riveted to it! Or they are extraordinarily patient. And it was a lucky shot.
Rich colors. Flying things take a lot of patience and luck … congrats.
When they are fuzzy are they moths? I know the hummingbird moths I have been trying to get a good picture of are very fuzzy like these.
The easiest distinction between moths and butterflies is that all butterflies have simple antennae that end in a swelling or “club”. Moth antennae vary in size and form but they all lack the “club” tip.
I really love the hummingbird moths, but I’ve seen only one this year.
I still want to think that there is a more definitive difference than that but I guess it’s accurate. I haven’t been able to identify these without a look at the tops of their wings, but I think they are in the category of “skippers”.
Yes, I’m pretty sure they are skippers, but I spent some time trying to ID the species with no luck. Right now they are very abundant here at the edges of the forest.
Yes, they do move fast. I got lucky with this shot because I anticipated the one on the left landing where he did.