first butterfly this season

cghpndApril 9, 2014

I have idea what this is but it sure made my heart smile when it let me hold it.
So excited.

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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Congrats on your first butterfly, and what a pretty picture!

I don't know what kind it is either, not being familiar with butterflies of Virginia, but it's some type of sulphur, probably a female, since she's pale.

Sherry

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 9:10PM
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runmede(7a Virginia)

I think that it is a cabbage white. They can have a yellow form. See link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cabbage white image from bug net

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 9:36PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

I think you're right!

I looked through my field guide and didn't see any sulphurs without a 'dot' so I looked at the pictures of whites, thinking there might be a yellow form, but it didn't show it.

Interesting!

Sherry

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 9:46AM
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Leafhead

Congrats on your first butterfly of the season, Sherry :)
We've had weather in the 60's and I patiently await my first sighting.
I've seen a few moths and other insects and a couple of small wolf spiders. Even got stung by a Yellow Jacket queen and my finger has been swollen all week!
My Anaphalis is an inch high and I hope to see an American Lady before too long.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 11:28AM
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runmede(7a Virginia)

Cabbage Whites also have a white form that does not have any dots:

Here is a link that might be useful: More photos on BAMONA of the yellow form

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 1:52PM
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cghpnd

I should have mentioned that when it opened its wings it had a black dot on each of them.
I could not get a pic of it with its wings opened. My phone sucks with pics.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 5:06PM
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runmede(7a Virginia)

This is from that BAMONA website above for cabbage whites:
"Identification: Upperside of wings white; forewing with black tip. Two submarginal black spots in female, one in male. Underside of hindwing and forewing apex evenly yellow-green or gray-green. Spring and fall short-day form is smaller, less yellow, with reduced black areas."

Your cabbage white was a male.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 7:39PM
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cghpnd

Neat o!!!! I seen Something else that looks like the American lady today. by the time i got my camera it was gone within in seconds. I also seen a tiny butterfly that is blue.. Light blue, reminded me of a small moth.

What are the best / accurate websites to identify caterpillars and butterflies?

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 2:15PM
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runmede(7a Virginia)

These are some that I use:

http://leplog.wordpress.com/washington-area-butterfly-club/local-and-regional-lists-and-info/butterflies-occurring-in-the-dc-area/
Butterflies Occurring in the DC Area (This website has flight times for most species occurring in our area).

http://www.gardenswithwings.com/identify-butterflies.html
This website is a good review for beginners.

http://www.rkwalton.com/skippers.php
online video of identifying skippers, too.

http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/
Butterflies of North America

http://www.rlephoto.com/
Butterflies of the Carolinas and Virginias

http://wisconsinbutterflies.org/butterfly
Wisconsin Butterflies

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/jdsml/research-curation/research/projects/hostplants/index.dsml
Caterpillar host plant database, you can put the plant or butterfly in and get what plants it uses. Must use latin names. If it does come up with complete name listed, just take a few letters off the end and keep searching.

http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabambc/common-comparisons.asp
MA Butterflies you can do side-by-side comparisons

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 3:07PM
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molanic(Zone 5 IL)

Just saw my first butterfly of the season today too! It was a mourning cloak and it was checking out some of the chokeberry fruit that was still on the bush from last year. I don't think it got any juice since the fruit is pretty dried out. I contemplated putting out the fruit feeder but opted not to with the upcoming wild weather we are expecting.

Today was the warmest day in 6 months at 70F, and tomorrow it is supposed to be 74! Then we are supposed to have a lot of storms and rain, possibly switching to snow, and highs only in the low 40s again for a bit. Poor little butterfly will have to find some place to hunker down again.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 6:24PM
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Leafhead

Put out that fruit feeder tomorrow and enjoy him if you can:) You can always take the feeder back indoors again when the weather turns.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 2:36AM
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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

Very cool! I have never seen such a yellow Cabbage White, but I do see the markings. Wow. Learn something new every day! (hopefully, anyway)

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 9:51AM
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cghpnd

Thanks Mona. I've been looking at the links. Very cool. My Swamp milkweed has popped up. :)

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 11:05AM
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