Friday, October 05, 2012

Finally the Dainty Sulphur

Folks,
Reporting from Ohio. Meg and I did a little butterfly watching on the way to Cincinnati today. I found a Dainty Sulphur in Adams County Ohio and Meg found one in Clermont County Ohio. I read that up until 1999 Dainty Sulphurs  had not been found in good numbers for 68 years. I read at Jim McCormac's blog Dainty Sulphurs have been seen a lot in Ohio during 2012. Jim's blog post from August and July tells of many of these rare butterflies have been showing up in Ohio, our sightings still could be county records.


 Dainty Sulphur, Nathalis iole from Adams County, Ohio on October 5, 2012. Just so you know these little butterflies are about the size of a dime, very small and low flying.

This  Dainty Sulphur, Nathalis iole  Clermont County, Ohio October 5, 2012. Meg found while talking on her phone to her mother. She was jumping up and down pointing at it to get my attention. I managed to get this back lit close up photo from one inch away!



It took a lot of chasing and waiting to get both of these photos, this last one I set the camera to focus at one inch and nailed it.

We also saw an Ocola Skipper in Clermont County Ohio, which could be an even better record than the Dainty Sulphurs. No way did it pose for my point and shoot camera. OK so I just found a recent county record for Clermont County, Ohio September 29, 2012.

14 comments:

The Idiot Gardener said...

Weird; a hairy butterfly. Still, they're too small to eat!

I must admit my on-going war with cabbage whites has led to me viewing all butterflies with suspicion!

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

What pretty tiny butterflies. They are very fuzzy! In Ohio? Weekend trip? Sure is a beautiful weekend.

Alison said...

These are great pictures! I've had admirals skipping around my garden lately, but it's impossible to get a good picture, they move too fast. I think this adorable fuzzy butterfly must be how rumors of fairies started. It looks like it's wearing clothes.

Indie said...

Yay, you found some! Very cute! That second picture is such a good close-up of it, too!

greggo said...

Brillant!

sweetbay said...

That second picture is great. Such a tiny, fuzzy sulphur.

Carol said...

Randy, Fabulous photos! What a beautiful Sulphur. New to me. I can appreciate how much work it takes to get these great shots!

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Wow, what a find! They are sweet little things!

Kim and Victoria said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one chasing photos in the garden. :-)
Nice!

Phillip Oliver said...

That is awesome!

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