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.

About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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