Thursday, October 28, 2010

? Butterfly

I think this is a Question Mark butterfly.  (Yes, that's really its name.  And yes, I'm aware of the irony that I'm not sure if it is or isn't.)  The shape certainly fits.  The dusky earthy underwing fits.  But the tiny grey markings of a squiggle and dot that give the butterfly its name are not glaringly apparent so ???

15 comments:

Zondra Art said...

beautiful photos, i lake it!!!


Big kisses

Deb said...

I've never heard of it...nice photo

Nancy @ el vigilante said...

How interesting! You sure have a lot of different butterflies in your area. That butterfly looks prehistoric. I don't believe I've ever seen one like it. Maybe next spring -- no butterflies around now. Dipped to below freezing here this morning. Brrrrr!

Kent Island Red said...

That's so cool! I'm never lucky enough to get a shot like that; as soon as they even sense my presence, they're off and then it's a blurry action shot :-(

Angela said...

Pretty butterfly! I had no idea that there was one named Question Mark! lol

Have a Great Day!
Angela

Farm Girl said...

I have seen those kind maybe once or twice. They look like a crumpled brown leave. I love the texture of it and then you can see the other colors as you look at it. Like Kent Island Red said, I never can get a shot either. I like how you see the magic all around you in your pictures.
It makes me so happy, that you watch. :) Lots of people don't.

Melodie said...

I see those around but had no idea what they were called,thanks!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Wow, don't know his name but I do know he's beautiful! xxxx

Liesl said...

I have never seen anything like that butterfly,good on you for being so observant!
xoxo

Dawn said...

AMazing! Have never heard of this before. Good Question!!!:)

(Thanks for your comments on my post....I feel bad I never respond to all of them- but I do read them and they mean a ton!)

texwisgirl said...

Thanks, all, for the comments! Sure appreciate you! Nancy, we're supposed to dip to about 40 overnight tonight so our butterflies may be having a hard time with that too! :)

Farmchick said...

We have these around our farm, but I didn't know their name. Interesting. Nice shot!

Verde Farm said...

So pretty--great shot. Do you think it's some kind of a moth?
Amy

Nature ID (Katie) said...

Oooh, a butterfly question! Good guess. I think it's a leafwing in the genus Anaea. If I have time I'll look into it some more...

Randy Emmitt said...

No not a Question Mark. It is my nemesis butterfly, we are 250 miles out of there normal range and I have yet to see one alive, have seen the tropical version. It is a Goatweed Leafwing.

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