Last of the western fritillaries

Randy Emmitt birdcr at
Mon Aug 1 11:58:25 EDT 2005


First of all I want to thank all of you that have helped me with my western 
fritillary photo IDs ! I'm planning on placing some of these photos on my 
western butterflies page I'm building from the species I photographed while 
in Colorado for 13 days and Wyoming for one day. My only regret is that I 
did not explore Wyoming more, the portion on Medicine Bow NF I was in 
seemed more like timber company land than a national forest. I'm sure there 
were many other better places to check out.

The page(s) on western butterflies I hope will be helpful to others in the 
future since NO ONE ELSE has done ANYTHING on Colorado butterflies to my 
knowledge on the Internet. The field guides I used (Glassberg and 
Brock/Kaufmann) are barely helpful for the speyeria in Colorado.

Anyway the first Speyeria species I found when I arrived in Colorado was a 
co-operative Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite) and I IDed it right 
away as a aphrodite see photos 26 and 27 at

  Then the next speyeria (S. coronis or zerene, my thoughts are coronis) I 
found was likely the most co-operative fritillary I saw in Colorado 
allowing me to photograph it and a Two-tailed Swallowtail for nearly 20 
minutes at the edge of town in Colorado Springs on Dogbane. The photos can 
be found at the page above photos 28 and 29. These are the last of the 
speyeria photos to ID finally.

Photos still not IDs at the page are:
   11 (I'm thinking Speyeria mormonia)
  24 and 25 the same individual
  28 and 29


  Randy Emmitt
  Rougemont, NC


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