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A Brushfoot Fetish

The Nymphalidae family of butterflies are called brushfoot butterflies because the front pair of legs are greatly reduced and the hairs on those legs remind some people of little brushes.  The legs are difficult to spot in the field, but … Continue reading

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Why They Call Them Brushfoot Butterflies

This is a male pearl crescent, Phyciodes tharos. Butterflies are insects, and insects have six legs, right?  But this one only seems to have four. Pearl crescents belong to a family of butterflies, Nymphalidae or nymphalids.  The group is also … Continue reading

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