Ronald Losure

Ronald Losure

Posted on 08/07/2018


Photo taken on August  6, 2018



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Butterfly

Pearl crescent or silver checkerspot butterfly

Pearl crescent or silver checkerspot butterfly 

Pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos) or silver checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis). I can't tell which species it is. Richard Brown of the Entomology Dept. at Mississippi State University says he can't separate the two species without checking their collection. Thanks to Betty J W for noticing.

Doerthe, Guy Bas, MGN-Marcel, micritter and 13 other people have particularly liked this photo


22 comments - The latest ones
micritter
micritter
A beauty and captured beautifully.
6 weeks ago.
Ronald Losure has replied to micritter
Thank you very much, my friend.
6 weeks ago.
sunlight
sunlight
Ein sehr schöner und interessanter Schmetterling.
6 weeks ago.
Ronald Losure has replied to sunlight
Danke schön, Ingrid.
6 weeks ago.
Maria W.
Maria W.
Fantazia papilio!!! Super foto!!! :)))
6 weeks ago.
Ronald Losure has replied to Maria W.
Thank you very much, Maria.
6 weeks ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
WOW, terrific capture, Ronald *******************
6 weeks ago.
Ronald Losure has replied to Marie-claire Gallet
Thank you very much, Marie-claire.
6 weeks ago.
Betty J W
Betty J W
Beautiful! Looks more like Silvery Checkerspot. I've never seen one but you're nearer their range than I am. We do have many Pearl Crescents and I don't think that's what you have here Will check back to see what you think ;) . Good find!
6 weeks ago.
Ronald Losure has replied to Betty J W
Wow! The two species are so similar. Kaufman guide says for checkerspot: "On hindwing above, black sub-marginal spots are usually (not always) surrounded by orange." I really can't tell the two species apart. I'll put both names in the title.
6 weeks ago.
Betty J W has replied to Ronald Losure
Turn Kaufman book upside down on Checkerspot page so it's in same positiion as yours and compare. Going to check to see if Silverys have been spotted in AL.
6 weeks ago.
Betty J W has added
www.alabama.butterflyatlas.usf.edu/species/details/40
Another photo for comparison ... they are in AL!
6 weeks ago.
Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure
I've asked my friend Richard Brown who is a specialist in Lepidoptera at Mississippi State to have a look at this.
6 weeks ago.
Ronald Losure has added
Richard Brown says he can't separate the two species without checking the university's butterfly collection, and he is out of town.
6 weeks ago.
Betty J W has replied to Ronald Losure
Looking forward to hearing result!
6 weeks ago.
Winscha
Winscha
superbe prise
6 weeks ago.
Ronald Losure has replied to Winscha
Merci beaucoup, Annelise.
6 weeks ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
An excellent capture Ronald.
6 weeks ago.
Ronald Losure has replied to Jeff Farley
Thank you very much, Jeff.
6 weeks ago.
MGN-Marcel
MGN-Marcel
Very nice shot !
5 weeks ago.
Ronald Losure has replied to MGN-Marcel
Thank you very much, Marcel.
4 weeks ago.