Butterfly: Funereal Duskywing

Funereal duskywing butterfly, photo 2Funereal duskywing butterfly, photo 1I think this is name of the butterfly I saw. If my identification is correct, it’s also known as Erynnis funeralis. It’s in the family of butterflies know as Skippers (Hesperiidae). While closely resembling fellow skipper, the mournful duskywing (Erynnis tristis), my guess is that it’s a funereal duskywing because of whitish patches on the wings and the markings appear to me to be less defined than those of the mournful duskywing. 

It moved so quickly – hence, the blurry shots! It was very drawn to my French lavender plants and stayed in my yard for at least 20 minutes, but not in any one place for long!

One of the great things about gardening that I cannot emphasize enough is that once you have a garden in place, the birds, bees, butterflies, and other creatures start arriving. They really do make your garden come alive. The bees and butterflies have been very helpful and important partners in pollinating my fruit and vegetable garden. They also make for fun photo opportunities!

TIP: I recommend the Butterflies and Moths of North America website. It has helpful information on butterfly and moth identification (by geographic location also!) and photos. Check it out!  http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/


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