Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I need a butterfly field guide!

I spent time chasing this butterfly (or moth?!) around my yard trying to get a good shot. They just don't stay still for more than 1 second.

Of course, I'm not able to identify it. I am going to purchase a butterfly field guide this weekend. Until then, is anyone kind enough to identify this for me?

Thank you!





13 comments:

Leedra said...

My guess - without my book in hand - is a Cabbage White. I might say differently if I had my book. I will check when I get home.

Check out http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/
check the Image Gallery, and look at white and sulphurs. It is a great source. I use it on top of my books, because the photographs are easier on the eyes than the reference books.

Jessica said...

I'm sorry to say I don't know my butterflies except a very few. I know what you mean about trying to get a good photo of them. I was just chasing one around the yard tonight without any success.

Dave said...

Of course, its the bane of Cabbage Patch kids everywhere - a Cabbage White. If you're interested, you might find the little green catepillers on Allyssum and/or any of the cabbage family.

Dave

Bird Girl said...

I agree with the others - I have a butterfly field guide and they all look alike ;-)

kjpweb said...

Yep - that's him! I haven't found a perfect butterfly guide yet, so far the best however I used is the Audubon Field Guide for North American Butterflies.
Leedra's link is spot on - I use that site quite often, though more for bugs and dragons...
Cheers, Klaus

Jayne said...

Yay, before I clicked on the comments, I was saying "cabbage white" aloud. Nice to know every now and again I can guess correctly! :c) I use the butterfliesandmoths site a good bit too.

The Birdlady said...

OK, good thing it's identified - I have all I can manage for my slowly deteriorating brain to keep learning birds!

RuthieJ said...

Those are good pics Shelley. My cabbage butterflies never sit still anywhere long enough for me to snap a photo.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Shelley, what a delightful nature photo blog!!! Love the pics. Do you think this could be a type of moth?

I have no idea why I can't load on your other blog but my computer has had problems since my last Windows update.

Hugs, JJ

Shellmo said...

Thank you Leedra for that link!

Thanks to everyone else for helping my feeble brain to identify this butterfly!! :-)

Knatolee said...

And a nice buddleia! We are supposed to get a killer frost tonight, which I am not happy about.

Eve said...

Hi Shelley!!!
I like the Kaufmans guide.
Hey my husband fiddled with my computer...if this sends it will be a miracle!! Hope you get it!

http://www.amazon.ca/Kaufman-Field-Guide-Butterflies-America/dp/0618768262

2sweetnsaxy said...

I've seen them but couldn't have named it. This is one that has never sat still for my camera.