Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Butterflies at Onion Creek

Tawny Emperors were out in force today at McKinney Falls on Onion Creek--hundreds of them. One of them landed on my hand, but unfortunately it was on the hand that was holding the camera, presenting an insurmountable photography problem (I watched the butterfly a while, and then tried to move the camera to the other hand, ever so slowly, but the tawny emperor thought that was a silly idea, and flew away.)
Here's one resting on the limestone of a creekside rock overhang that served as a shelter for Native Americans for thousands of years.

This one is feeding on a Mexican Persimmon

As is this one.

This is a gray hairstreak, Strymon melinus, in the shade of the hackberry forest by the old McKinney plantation house ruins

(click to enlarge photos)

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