Thursday, August 30, 2007

Silver Spotted Skipper

The silver spotted skipper is a common sight in Iowa's open areas and at the edges of woods. With its dark brown or even black color, and the characteristic skipper habit of keeping the wings closed when sitting, it is easily passed by, but the spotting is very rich; gold spots on the forewings, and a silver white band on the hindwings, that look as though metallic paint was dripped from above onto this dusky little vagabond. Butterfly experts (or skipperologists) say that the silver spotted skipper almost never lands on yellow flowers, which I can affirm after observing them in a meadow full of goldenrod.
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I have never been very much interested in insects. It is until I stumbled into your site.
I find your pictures of creatures so beautiful and the descriptions helpful.
I keep coming back to see what you'd have now!Thank you. I enjoy reading your site.
Wonderful photos of the butterflies. I don't know how you manage to sneak up on them. The great spangled fritillary was gorgeous.
Delighted... I'm so pleased you're enjoying my pictures.

Ki... actually the great spangled fritillary is the single easiest butterfly to get a picture of; they just float and flitter slowly about, and seem to love opening their wings wide in the sun.
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