Sunday, July 20, 2014

More Unknown Dragonflies, Butterflies and Moths

 Well, when you really start thinking small and looking closely, there is a lot to see in the insect world. Sadly, I don't know what I am seeing most of the time. I'm sure it would enhance an already great experience if I could put a name to them. I found this dragonfly/damselfly with a blue head at Murphy's Pond off Power's Road.
 At the same location I came upon this Crimson-ringed Whiteface with a spider in its clutches.
 While I have posted a dragonfly like this before, I am including this photo because it looks like the beast has eyes in the back of the head. Odd.
 Also at Murphy's Pond the Northern Bluet have appeared in abundance.
 They are so small it is really difficult to see them. Small streaks of blue dash here and there.
These little alien-looking creatures would be classified as damselflies, I think.  Look at the tiny mouth.
 At Second Pond trail, I came upon my first Silvery Blue butterfly.
 It really depends on the light of the day whether these look blue, silver or even white.

 Here are a couple more dragonflies that I have no idea what they are.

 I think this is a butterfly, but it could be a moth. I sorely need to be schooled on insects.
 While not formal training, I find I am slowly learning as I photograph and explore these flying things.
 This odd looking creature is probably a moth. I wasn't able to get a full-on shot. This may be a Plume Moth. I saw one in my yard this week, but couldn't relocate it once I had my camera.
 Maybe a Silvery Blue?
I couldn't find another butterfly like this anywhere, so clearly, I don't know what it is.
Another Silvery Blue, I think. One of my pet peeves is finding a picture of a like butterfly or dragonfly online without a name attached to it. Yet, here I am doing the same thing. Any assistance in identifying the unknown is welcome.


  1. The white moth that you said you think is a butterfly but could be a moth - I think it is the leaf roller - the ones that roll up the leaves and eat them all. You probably remember them from a few years ago when all the trees' leaves were eaten by the caterpillar. I'm not 100% sure but I think that's what it is.