Butterfly Bucket time. Anna at the Transmutational Garden hosts this event each month. This month she is highlighting the Gulf Fritillary.
I did see some monarchs. I had to check with BugGuide because I had my doubts. Soldiers are far more likely for this time of year.
But, I decided to put some skippers into my bucket instead. Many were flying around the pond a couple of weeks ago before the great devastation (don’t ask). Most were very shy and not wasting a moment. My picture taking turned into a fool’s errand — a lot of sweat for a lot of meaningless blurs. I decided to just call it a comedy and let it go. Of course, not soon after, I found this fellow enjoying a calm sip at the blue sage party.
Skipper faces are always so cute! It must be the big eyes. The tail is very long. The white stripe is bright. Unmistakable. Except when doing an internet search. Beware: there is another butterfly called the long-tailed skipper. But its tail is much shorter and it doesn’t have the white stripe.
They live year round in South Texas, Arizona and other places closer to the equator but some years groups will fly up to our area (Central Texas) for a summer vacation. The host plants are legumes.