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Appontiament with a butterfly

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No, the title of today’s post isn’t a typo. It’s my way of saying that the butterfly in this August 26th photograph belongs to the genus Pontia. Chris Kotzer of bugguide.net thought it might be Pontia occidentalis, known as the western white. No doubt this butterfly and others were drawn to the asters that managed to thrive even in the dry ground of the badlands in Alberta’s Midland Provincial Park.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 16, 2017 at 4:51 AM

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  1. The gentle colours of butterfly and asters are well suited to each other.


    November 16, 2017 at 5:51 AM

  2. Nice. I love bugguide.net, those guys are the best.

    Sherry Felix

    November 16, 2017 at 6:29 AM

  3. Pretty in its paleness!


    November 16, 2017 at 7:28 AM

    • Your alliterative words remind me of Poe’s “pallid bust of Pallas” in “The Raven.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 16, 2017 at 7:40 AM

  4. I very much like the delicacy of this aster. Its rays seem somewhat longer than what I usually see here, and there’s a nice symmetry between the asters’ rays and the smooth “rays” decorating the ventral side of the butterfly’s wings. Lovely.


    November 16, 2017 at 7:59 AM

    • The asters’ rays do seem longer than those found in Texas. BONAP shows a bunch of Symphyotrichum species in Alberta, so I can’t tell which one this might be. I like your novel use of “rays” to describe a butterfly’s features.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 16, 2017 at 8:06 AM

  5. It is so nice to see a butterfly by any name! This photo is lovely, with its delicate details and colors.


    November 16, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    • I suspect you don’t see many butterflies up your way now that it’s gotten colder there. I’ll be showing a couple of other butterfly pictures in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 16, 2017 at 9:02 AM

      • Oh, good. In the summer we’re seeing fewer and fewer insects of any kind, let alone butterflies. People are starting to speak out against the use of insecticides so hopefully things will change. After all, we lost bald eagles here for decades, and they have come back.


        November 16, 2017 at 9:05 AM

  6. Very pretty!!


    November 18, 2017 at 8:48 PM

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