It was a warm, sunny afternoon yesterday and I went for a walk on the trails at Clark Wright. I did not observe any migrants, just the resident, breeding birds of the area. And not many of those to see. I did see a few butterflies, though. It was good to see a couple of Monarchs. The first of the year for me. Spring Azures and Cabbage Whites were flying around. I saw several Hobomok Skipper’s.
But there was one butterfly that I followed around trying to get a good picture of. My first thought was Common Ringlet. And two people that saw the photograph thought it, yes, a Common Ringlet. Another friend suggested it might be a Henry’s Elfin. There are some similarities. Here is a picture I took of “my” mystery butterfly. Then I am posting an enlargement of a portion of the butterfly. In the enlargement, the hair (I guess it is called “hair” on a butterfly??) and the eye, should be diagnostic. My good friend in Texas, Diana, is very knowledgeable on butterflies and she sent me a picture of a Common Ringlet that clearly shows the eye and “hair” around the face. That clinches it. Thanks, Diana.
And here is the enlargement.
I really like this enlargement. It shows a lot of detail. And I don’t believe I have ever seen a “hairy” butterfly before. But I am very much a novice or “newbie” when it comes to butterflies.