Another Butterfly

Monday I saw this butterfly in the ditch by our road.  I am tempted to say it is one of my favorites, but they all are.  I do especially like these, however.

The little wood satyr, Megisto cymela is a widespread butterfly that is often found in woodland edges.  It is not flashy, but it has a cool looking hopping flight.  Like a few others, it has a tendency to land down in the weeds, rather than on flowers.  That can make it frustratingly difficult to photograph.

I am sure it has more to do with the preferred habitat than the caterpillar food plants, but usually the places I find this butterfly in any numbers also have large amounts of poison ivy.

This is what poison ivy looks like.


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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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3 Responses to Another Butterfly

  1. Finn Holding says:

    It’s a handsome butterfly and a really good photograph, pin sharp and well lit (did you use a flash?). And doesn’t the poison ivy look innocuous – how poisonous is it?

    • I used a flash on some of the photos I took of that butterfly but I don’t think I did on that one. Poison ivy really affects some people and others not so much. I have never really been bothered by it. I have heard of some folks who develop a sudden sensitivity to it, however, so I don’t really take chances. Sensitivity is to oils that are on the leaves so if you wash off soon after being exposed you are usually ok.

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