Saturday, August 01, 2009
Gratuitous Homely Butterfly Post
This is a funereal duskywing aka the 7th duskywing, Erynnis funeralis, feeding on a dusty miller flower. These small dark butterflies actually are cute if not pretty; this is simply an unflattering photograph of one for your enjoyment. E. funeralis is common around here and has been flying in my garden for about a month, since the June gloom burned off the the weather turned warm and sunnier. Its larval food includes various leguminous plants which I don't grow, so the caterpillars are likely in someone else's yard or a nearby untended lot.