Rain at last…

We’re finally getting the soaking we’ve needed for a while. Plus, the storm is moving southeast, so it should be raining here through 10am, and so no pictures this morning. It’s kinda fun, for me at least, to sit here at the breakfast table, for a change, and watch the lightning and listen to the thunder, but Anne’s bummed about having to skip her sunrise bike ride today.

As luck would have it, though, I was in the park yesterday afternoon and thought I had found us a new butterfly flitting about the middle of the southern soccer field in the blazing sun. It prefered to park with its wings closed, but they weren’t plain white or plain yellow, as we usually see.

When it took off or landed, I could see glimpses of a colorful topside, but it always managed to return to the closed pose before I could line up a shot. It probably moved a dozen times, but never went very far, and never stayed very long. And then it finally relented. Ta da!

Awe, it’s a common buckeye, just like the one we saw by the pond back on June 22, although this one is a little worse for the wear, eh? Oh, that little stinker made me work for it.

Anyway, I read in the Pedia of Wik that buckeye caterpillars commonly feed on broadleaf plantain (Plantago major), a common lawn weed that some of you may know well. In that case you probably recognized the spike of flowers and/or fruits that our rascal is resting on in the first of the three pictures above or the leaves that make up part of the background in the third picture. Maybe it was looking for just the right plantain plant, and I left it on the one it finally selected.

Since we’re on reruns, it seems, I also did spot on the bull thistle a couple of the little skipper butterflies we saw back on July 31. On the left/top, we’ve got a Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) with light yellow wings, and on the right/bottom, we’ve got a Peck’s skipper (Polites peckius) with light and dark checkered wings.

And that’s it, I’m afraid. That’s the whole show for today. I can’t wait to get into the park to see what, if anything, this rain will entice to come out and pose for us, right?

Published by Andrew Dressel

Theoretical and Applied Bicycle Mechanic, and now, apparently, Amateur Naturalist. In any case, my day job is teaching mechanics at UWM.

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