Perspectives on Nature Photography
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The flowering goldenrod I photographed on the Blackland Prairie in Pflugerville on September 28th attracted many insects, including this American snout butterfly, Libytheana carinenta.
© 2016 Steven Schwartzman
Written by Steve Schwartzman
November 7, 2016 at 4:56 AM
Posted in nature photography
Tagged with animal, butterfly, entomology, flowers, goldenrod, insect, prairie, Texas, wildflowers
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It has always amazed me how much scale loss a butterfly or moth can absorb and still fly under control. It looks like this one should just go around in circles.
November 7, 2016 at 6:14 AM
I’m with you in having seen some butterflies much more damaged than this one that still seem to have no trouble flying. Butterflies of this species can seem more damaged than they are because the rear contour bends inward even in the freshest specimen.
November 7, 2016 at 7:33 AM
This is an excellent butterfly photo. What a treat to my eyes to get such a good look at a snout. I see them here occasionally.
November 7, 2016 at 9:07 AM
Not many people would say it’s a treat to get a good look at a snout. Context is important, isn’t it?
November 8, 2016 at 12:23 AM
Haha, yes, I thought that exactly as I typed it.
November 8, 2016 at 7:47 AM
So it wasn’t just me who read it that way.
November 8, 2016 at 8:06 AM
November 8, 2016 at 8:14 AM
nice! it made me think of this rare creature that lives in the mindo/ecuador area…
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November 7, 2016 at 10:22 AM
What a great name: the Pinocchio anole. I wonder if it likes pinole.
November 8, 2016 at 12:28 AM
What a character! Love it!
November 7, 2016 at 3:12 PM
It’s the Cyrano de Bergerac of butterflies.
November 8, 2016 at 12:29 AM
November 8, 2016 at 10:50 AM
I don’t recall ever seeing a photo of a butterfly with its antennae pointing downward. It seems to me they’re usually up-and-out, but that could be just my lack of experience with butterflies.
It was funny to see ‘snout’ in the title — and on the butterfly. I found a bug in the middle of a forest road in Arkansas that had a snout, and it was something to see. I’ve not gotten around to bug identification yet, but it shouldn’t be too hard with such a distinctive feature.
November 8, 2016 at 7:15 PM
I know I’ve seen other downward-pointing butterfly antennae, even if I can’t tell you how common or uncommon that is.
Distinctive features help, but the number of insect species is many times the number of plant species. Talk about diversity.
November 10, 2016 at 12:08 AM
Tattered and torn but not at all forlorn.
November 9, 2016 at 5:10 AM
Alliteration and rhyme
All at the same time.
November 10, 2016 at 12:10 AM
Beautiful Mr Schwartzman
November 10, 2016 at 1:53 AM
Thanks, Miss Julie.
November 10, 2016 at 8:59 AM
I’ve seen many more-frayed rears than this one’s, and those who possess them are still amazingly agile. That serves to give many of us much more hope for our future…
November 12, 2016 at 9:10 PM
Like you, I’ve seen butterflies a lot worse than this one that appeared to have no trouble flying normally. We could change Emily Dickinson’s line to “Hope is the thing with scales.”
November 12, 2016 at 11:03 PM
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