25 May 2016
Post of the Week: Name this Butterfly
The butterfly or moth in the photo is half the size of the Monarch Butterfly that I usually see. There are moths that look like Monarch Butterflies. I can't tell from the angle of the photo what this insect's name is. I can see black dots on the bottom of the wings. Monarchs and Viceroys don't have that. I also thought when butterflies emerge from the cocoon, they are their adult size, no growing up bigger.
Searching the Internet, the insect looks by size and black dots on wings close to a Phaon Crescent Butterfly. However, their habitat isn't listed this far north. I check out the Wikipedia page for Phyciodes > Northern Crescent > Whala! I think that is the name of the butterfly in the photo. Oh no! Wait....is it the Tawny Crescent Butterfly?
For sure, the next time this butterfly stops by, I'll take a better look. It flew away before I could take more photos.