Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Common Ringlet Butterfly ... without the ring

Although I'm not very good at shooting butterflies, moths, dragonflies, etc., just for fun I give it a shot every now and then. Sometimes I get lucky with a decent image.

This is a tiny thing. About 1" long. It's also the kind of butterfly that flies around in circles with another butterfly of the same kind.




We have an old, cheap Butterfly/Moth book but can't find this little gem. So tell me . . .

What is it?


*Thanks to Eve who was the first to ID my little Butterfly! She told me it's a Common Ringlet without the ring, and somewhat of a poor flier. She's right about that, they don't fly to long before landing again. Thanks again, Eve!




27 comments:

Eve said...

Hi Sharon,
This is a Common Ringlet without the ring. They are really weak fliers that kind of just flit around the fields. You should find some with the ring on the forewing. Oh it's a butterfly! They are not down here in the south but were in my fields in NY.
It's a very nice picture of him sitting on the clover!

Snappy Di said...

You know... when I have shot butterflies in the past there are some that I simply could not identify. This very much looks like a moth, but a beautiful photo of one!

Di

A New England Life said...

Thanks Eve! My husband said it was a butterfly but I wasn't sure. Yeah, it is kind of a weak flier. lol!

Thanks for the info! I'll post it.

Di, if you post your photo's someone is bound to ID them for you.

Sharon

Laura said...

I've yet to see anything you can't photograph well, Sharon! Love this picture!

Hula Girl at Heart said...

He's a cute fella, don't you think? The other day a large dragonfly teased me by flyng all around me forever...without ever landing on something so I could try to get a shot. I was literally begging him out loud to land on something, anything.

Susan said...

Awesome shot! Susan

Eve said...

So glad I was right Sharon!! hahaha! Thanks for that great link!

Kerri said...

Oh it is a Beauty!! I've never seen one around here!! But love seeing him on your blog :)

Steve Borichevsky said...

He is a teeny-tiny little critter. Nice shootin'. You should do more bugs.

JC said...

Love this ...

Pat said...

I can't say I've ever seen one like this, but it's a beauty!

The Retired One said...

I don't know, but I love his fuzzy little head...great shot!

Country Girl said...

This is beautiful, Sharon. Do you use your zoom when you shoot butterflies?

Char said...

beautiful details

forestal said...

Wonderful photo Sharon!

dan

Riet said...

Beautiful butterfly Sharon, great shot

Allison said...

So pretty!

Laura @ Our House Of Joyful Noise said...

Nice shot!

MaineBirder said...

I had no idea what the species was, but what a great photo Sharon! So crisp and clear!

Carolynn said...

So very pretty and delicate.

U NO HOO said...

Have you visited the Butterfly Conservancy in Niagara Ontario Canada? It is a delightful place.

I learned that there is an easy way to distinguish moths from butterflies but of course it eludes me right now. I might be back.

Nice picture as always.

U NO HOO said...

Here is the gist of what I remember:

"Moths usually rest with their wings spread out to their sides. Butterflies frequently fold their wings above their backs when they are perched although they will occasionally 'bask' with their wings spread for short periods."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Differences_between_butterflies_and_moths

U NO HOO said...

PS, thank you for your site.

Judy said...

Wow! You are close enough that I can see the little hairs on his body! Incredible!!!

Cottage Sisters said...

That is funny...that is how I feel about most of my shots. I take a lot of them and get lucky one turns out! Great picture! Have a wonderful day. Denise

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

I have to so practice with butterflies.... Your photo just makes me want to run right out and do so! This little sweetie is a lovely thing. How could he be a "common" anything?

rockriverstitches said...

Amazing shot of the butterfly! You are lucky to have gotten that shot. Those butterflies sure are fast!

Tammy