Below are the highlight images from 2 days of butterflying in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Our party included Jim & Susan Hengeveld and Phil & Joanne Kelly.
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The Many-banded Daggerwing seen below was found by Jim Hengeveld at Santa Ana NWR, in south Texas on 05-Aug-2004. It sat in the same location for over 1 hour. It was located on the "A-trail" between the two wood decks along the pond--much closer to the WBU deck.
The Crimson Patch seen below was found by Joanne Kelly at Frontera Audubon on 05-Aug-2004. It appeared to have just emerged.
This Roadside-Skipper was found at Santa Ana NWR on 05-Aug-2004. The same individual is shown in both photos. We believe this to be Celia's Roadside Skipper, but the number of white spots on the dorsal forewing doesn't match any of our field guides. Is this something else, or is this normal variation?
This Double-Dotted Skipper was found by Jim Hengeveld at Sabal Palm Grove Audubon Sanctuary, near Brownsville, TX. It was found on 04-Aug-2004, on Passion Vine, just inside the Butterfly Garden.
OK, this one isn't really rare, but it sure is beautiful! Found at Santa Ana NWR on 05-Aug-2004.