Congratulations to Judy Richardson who correctly identified the butterfly from our Father’s Day Bird Walk at the Wilson Botanical Garden as a male Surprising White, Pereute charops. Male and female butterflies often look identical so how did she know? Well, she’s a butterfly whiz and the females apparently have red stripes! According to a website called http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org, it is also known as a Darkened White. When Judy next arrives in San Vito, we will treat her to a glass of wine for her efforts.
Not to leave you hanging from that last post, here is a photo of the Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) from a website called allaboutbirds.org. This was one of the three species we don’t often see and we didn’t want you to miss out on its striking looks:
Editor’s note: apologies to Leandro Barrantes who is in his first year of teenagism — he is 13, not 9, and I don’t know what I was thinking when I wrote that post.