March 14th is a day to celebrate butterflies. Some basic information about them is they are of the order Lepidoptera, which includes the insects: butterflies, skippers, and moths. All three of these types have six legs, two antennae, and four wings. They are insects with scales over their bodies and wings. They all have four… Read More 2021 LEARN ABOUT BUTTERFLIES DAY
The Taxiles Skipper is a species of grass skipper found in North and Central America in valleys, grassy fields, and forest openings. Weedy grasses are the host plants. Caterpillars are light brown, striped brown lengthwise along back and sides, and dotted with brown, as well. This one is from my archives, from a walk on… Read More TAXILES SKIPPER
Here is a Common Checkered Skipper that I saw last year. One of the most common skippers, they can be found along roadsides, agricultural fields, and in desert washes throughout most of North America in various regions and elevations. The host plants are mallows, mostly Globemallows.
Common Buckeyes are found across the southern United States and in much of Mexico. They have unique forewings, each having two orange bars and two large black eyespots. The caterpillar is dark olive green with white and orange markings. The host and nectar plants can include toadflax, petunia, and penstemon. Here is a Common Buckeye… Read More BUCKEYE