Today was very hot and humid. But it was a great day for taking pictures of butterflies and other insects.
This is a hackberry emperor. Today was the first time I have seen this species this year. These small woodland butterflies are very personable and are the mostly likely of all of Iowa’s butterflies to land on people. They can be a lot of fun.
This is an eastern comma. They have been around since spring of this year–I think some were even seen in February. There are distinct forms (morphs) of this butterfly that are colored differently, depending on when they emerge as adults. This is the summer form, and it is quite a bit more colorful than the winter form.
This silvery checkerspot was another first-of-the year butterfly for me.
This viceroy was trapped in the window of our shed. I captured it and it rested on my hand for a short time before it flew off.
Long-legged flies are pretty difficult to identify down to the species level. These flies can be found on the upper surfaces of leaves where the spend their days hunting for other insects.