On our way out to the Hill Country, we stopped at a rest area that has beautiful gardens of native plants. The butterflies were out in force, and my camera cooperated, and I got some good pictures!
Then, at our place, I saw a butterfly I’ve never seen before. I couldn’t find it in my Audubon Guide to North American Butterflies – it looked a lot like a California Sister, and a little like a Mexican Sister. (I just love weird bird and insect names.)
So I submitted it to the wonderful site Butterflies and Moths of North America, and in just a few hours, the identification came back — it is an Arizona Sister, Adelpha eulalia, which has recently been recognized as a separate species. I really could not have been happier if I had discovered the species myself!
My Audubon Guide is from 1992, so that information was not in the book. I am so grateful for all the citizen science websites out there — I would have never identified this butterfly on my own. Here is the sighting on the BAMONA website.
A little technical information: I got the Latin names of the butterflies from the book Butterflies of Houston and Southeast Texas by John and Gloria Tveten. I read there that we in Texas get a huge number of butterflies in the fall, because we have the Northern migrants join our year-round residents. We don’t get much color change in our foliage, but I guess the bird and butterfly migration makes up for that!
Also, I took all of these pictures with my camera set to “Auto”. They were taken at 1/640 of a second, f/5.6, and ISOs of 120 to 160.