The Morning Rise

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The widening solar arc will soon reach zenith marking a change in seasons. The days of the full sun are at hand. The tiny Skipper butterfly rests easy in the shade as the sunbeam steadily ebbs closer. Like the ticking of a clock light flows through the porus canopy until it caresses the tiny wings. In response the wings slowly begain to pump distributing life giving warmth throughout the tiny body. The little Skipper suddenly explodes into the air flashing it colors as your flies. Then as I look around my forest I see them all as they wake from their slumber.

Image Titled “Skippers and Hydrangea 61520a”

They all go to work without any delay. The wild hydrangea has finally bloomed and it’s their task to sip the nectar and spread the pollen.

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The Little Skipper

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I moved slowly through the mottled light on the edge of the forest. The edge of the mountain is a wet site and and the ditch is choked with a gift most misfortunate. The Japanese knotweed that was brought here in the late 1800s as an ornamental substitute for native river cane gas already grown large. It was the small speck that popped into air and flew in little circular patterns through the forest of alien reeds. This is the place where the mint used to grow. It was the native butterfly’s natural food source. But today the sweet odors different mints warmed by the sun are not found. But the little skipper is a hardy little rascal. He’ll continue his search and find his favorite meals. There’s a native hydrangea nearby that he can smell.

The little skipper never loses his happy outlook as he bounces his way just a little deeper into the shadows where the knotweed cannot grow. There’s enough hydrangea to feed the tiny butterflies for a few weeks until some of the native mint is found.

When non native species escape captivity one of biggest problems that it causes is crowding out of the native plants. Which at first glance might seem to not be a big deal until you consider that something might depend in that native plant to survive.

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Master Of The Sky

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The strong thermals rise from the ground like tiny tornadoes. The humidity brought on by the short but intense rain gives weight to the rising air mass. For you and I the storm is over but for the the butterfly the aftermath of the turbid air is still a challenge. He sails in without any fear or even the slightest bit of concern. Though tattered and torn his wings still command a mastery of the sky. He senses the warm sun on his wings and the hot plumes rising from the ground glow in his vision. His antennas are capable of smell and he’s attuned to the pool of water below. He weaves through the thermals with the ease of an acrobat until he’s lined up with the one open space near the pool. A few of the other patrons rise from the ground with a simple twitch of the wings but all that’s needed to avoid a mid air collision is a subtle rocking motion. He skimmed the water and with a twitch of his own wings lands squarely on his mark. He is of course a master of the sky.

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The Swallowtail Yard Party, Memorial Day Weekend 2020

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The air is thick and steamy on my mountain today. After several days of rain the ground is saturated and the water pools in the low spots. The rain came before I could work the clippings from the lawn but out here in the country that’s no big deal. But if there’s any advantage it’s that the downed grass acts like a sponge and at the same time releases minerals and sugars into the water that. It holds back. That’s a perfect world at a perfect time for the local butterflies as they begintheir breeding season. The minerals and salts are important for their reproduction. It seems that the females can even detect which males are able to provide the most and best quality salt and he’s given preference above the others.

Image Titled “Puddling Swallowtails 52320b”.

The majority of the butterflies that gather are males. I did notice one female Pipevine while sorting through the photos. Judging by size of this gathering and knowing that in general the female butterflies outnumber the males it looks like the potential for a massive brood this year.

Image Titled “Puddling Swallowtails 52320c”

The mix seems to be mostly Tiger Swallowtail, Pipevine Swallowtail and I confirmed at least one Spicebush Swallowtail all gathered in this one spot

Image Titled “Puddling Swallowtails 52320d”.

They are so interested in this particular puddle that they barely paid attention to me as I crept up on my hands and knees for the closer shots. I have been researching ways to keep them around for the summer and hopefully we have more photos soon.

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The West Virginia White Butterfly

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Between the rainy days and the warming weather my yard has gotten to a point that would give a Home Owners Association a coronary. But that’s okay. The bees and butterflies are loving the extra bloom to feed on. I had been surveying the landscape for any sign of an increase in the honeybee population when one of the flowers suddenly sprung to life and lifted into the air. I have seen the little white butterflies before and although they’re pretty I presumed that I was seeing a cabbage looper. A hungry creature that destroys gardens. But, as often happens when we presume I was wrong. What I was seeing wasn’t even a moth much less one that is after our beloved veggies. This is the West Virginia White!( Pieris virginiensis.) While this ghostly little butterfly bares the name of my home state it’s found all over the Appalachian Mountains and up into Canada. And, it’s only interested in hosting on one plant. The toothwort is host of choice for the West Virginia White. However, I have learned that an invasive plant known as Garlic Mustard somehow confuses the little West Virginia White and that the larvae can’t survive on them.

Image Titled “West Virginia White 42820b”

I followed the adult for several minutes and she seem to prefer my ground ivy. She meticulously inspected each little tubular bloom and even seemed to groom them by fluttering her wings over a plant and then coming back to it after it had a chance to sweeten it’s nectar.

Image West Virginia White 42820c shows the little butterfly alternating between plants.

There wasn’t a whole lot information on Wikipedia that was specific to the West Virginia White. But they did say that the female wings absorb ultraviolet light while the male wings reflect ultraviolet light.

Image West Virginia White 42820d showing the wings spread out.

It’s kinda hard to tell if the wings have a blue tint in the photos because I use a lens filter that blocks UV but to my naked eye there wasn’t a blue tint visible except for on the body so I believe this one is a female.

Image West Virginia White 42820e showing the butterfly returning to the ground ivy.

A lot of the photos I took turned out with motion blur. That’s pretty common with a subject that’s deceptively quick and agile. She danced around in the air so easily that for a moment I wanted to believe that I’d encountered a fairy.

I was pretty intrigued and followed her all over the yard until she crossed my creek and sailed out of reach of my long lens. But, now that I know that they’re on the property maybe I’ll be able to get more shots of her another day.

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