Sunday, June 27, 2010

west coast lady ~ 06/27/10 ~ Rec Trail

west coast lady
Vanessa annabella

This "lady" was defending its territory (or was it flirting?) with the red admiral shown below in a frenetic butterfly swirl and chase. The red admiral was definitely the aggressor in this encounter. Shapiro states the two species can hybridize. To see what this hybrid V. atlanta var. edwardsi looks like check out BugGuide.net.

2 comments:

A.J. said...

I like butterflies. Always good subject matter.

Nature ID said...

Hi, A.J. Great to hear from you! Hope you're enjoying your summer.