Four pages of butterflies including brown and orange (on this page), blues, skippers, yellows, and striped ones, and a page of colorful moths.
The Phaon Crescent butterflies at the top of this page have a wingspan of approximately one inch. The others on the page are considered large butterflies.
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The Phaon Crescent is brown and tan on the outside and colorful on the inside.
This image shows mostly the outside of the wings.
With its wings folded up it is barely wider than the blade of grass on which it is perched.
For size comparison there is a Halloween Pennant dragonfly on the left and that small splotch of brown and white about three inches in front of the dragonfly is a Phaon Crescent butterfly.
As the butterfly opens its wings the many colors of the wings become visible.
The many colors and patterns of the wings.
Same general pattern, but this one has slightly different coloring.
Even though some parts of the edges of the wings are missing, this image gives a view of both the inner and outer wing colors of the Phaon Crescent butterfly.
This is a Gulf Fritillary butterfly which has a wingspan three times the size of the phaon crescent butterfly.
Full wings are not necessary for flight for this Gulf Fritillary butterfly.
The tips of the antennae are orange.
The other side of the wings of a Gulf Fritillary butterfly has large white patches.
The body of the Gulf Fritillary butterfly is striped white and orange.
This Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly wasn't cooperative about sitting still for me.
A fast-moving Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly.
Another view of the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly in flight.
I saw this Monarch butterfly on my morning exercise route. I'm not sure what took a chunk out of its wing, but it seemed unable to fly. It was quite agitated and trying to walk away from me as I unpacked my phone from its holder and took a few photos.
All photos © S. M. Garver