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Sleepy orange

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Sleepy Orange Sulphur Butterfly on Grass 5434

This one did seem sleepy, letting me get and stay close for a long time as I took lots of pictures. Entomologists call the sleepy orange* sulphur butterfly Eurema nicippe. You could drop three letters from that species name and it would still be nice. If you also dropped the n you’d be regressing to winter, so don’t do it.

The date was April 1st, the place the right-of-way beneath the power lines that cross the southern portion of my Great Hills neighborhood.


* Most of the orange is on the inner surfaces of the folded wings, where you can’t see it in this pose. I expect the intense yellow will be prize enough for your eyes.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 30, 2013 at 6:20 AM

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