The One-Spotted Variant Moth (Hypagyrtis unipunctata) is a fairly common type of moth in the eastern United States. Butterflies and moths are very similar in many ways and sometimes be difficult to know what you are looking at. There are, however, a few things to look for when you are trying to identify one of these insects. Below is a list of some of the frequently identified differences between butterflies and moths.
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Recently, I took a morning walk in the woods. As I wandered down the wooded path, small white butterflies leapt up from the tall grass and fluttered around my legs. The movement of these butterflies really captured my attention. When one landed on the edge of a fern, I stopped... Continue Reading →
This little butterfly is known as the Silver-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene) in North America. It is also known as the Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary in Europe. This butterfly is usually found in open woodlands or damp grasslands, and can be identified by its orange and brown pattern on the upper side of the wing and a row... Continue Reading →
Have you ever sat down and watched a butterfly in flight? It is a truly magical experience. A butterfly will flap its wings and glide through the air until it finds an outstretched branch or flower to land on. Gently, the butterfly sits on the branch. Slowly, it moves its wings back and forth until... Continue Reading →
Earlier this week I posted about Honeysuckles and the importance of pollinator gardens. In that post, I wrote a haiku that mentioned the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). Well, as it turns out the Monarch butterfly might have been a perfect fit for my haiku, but it wasn't what I was seeing. I was actually watching... Continue Reading →