|Regal fritillary female - Wikipedia|
|RF male - note the hind wings white and yellow spots - Bob Moul|
|RF from the side - Bob Moul|
Today was hot (93) and yet comfortable with a 8 mph wind. RF are found generally along moist or wet areas and LPG has a drainage running down the middle that is always wet, and after recent rains was full of water. That is where I concentrated my efforts. The prairie is thick and required high stepping and concentration so I stopped at intervals for 3 minutes.
|"Chek"........"Chek" - Note the male's black "Y" on the throat.|
|"Hush, what was that sound?"|
Marginated Leatherwings were crawling on many of the flower heads, pollinating in their own slow way. This female rode around on my arm for a long time, hitching a ride across the prairie until I was ready to leave.
Most of the activity came from dragonflies patrolling the grasses. Each time I got a glimpse of movement I thought it might be an RF but I did get some good looks including Eastern Amberwings (not photographed) and the Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) below.
Even on a slow day, there are things to see if you take your time and stop often to look around.
Thanks to Bob Moul for once again sharing his photographs.