Saturday, May 31, 2008

Picture of a Golden-banded Skipper (Autochton cellus) on Jewel Weed (Impatiens capensis)

I saw a tiny (about an inch and a half across) little butterfly that I had never seen in my garden before. As you can see in the picture, she is all black with a distinctive yellow band on her wings. Looking at my butterfly books, she appears to be a Golden-banded Skipper. In flight, given the rapid fluttering and an erratic flight pattern, the yellow band almost looks like a vibrating circle. She didn't stay still for very long, so was happy that I was able to dash back into the house, grab my camera, and snap this one picture before she said goodbye.


tina said...

Pretty good picture.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Wow what a find. This butterfly is beautiful. I have never seen one before. I just love jewel weed too. I should find a spot for some.

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