New Butterfly

I drove up to a fen in northern Iowa with my friend Ty today.  I had a tip that Baltimore checkerspots, Euphydras phaeton, could be found there.

The tip was right.  Thanks, Mark.  This is a new butterfly for me.

I also saw this deformed great spangled fritillary.  I think when it emerged from its chrysalis it was disturbed by something, and its wings hardened in this position.

Deformed as it was, it was still quite striking.

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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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