Bill Dunson, born in rural Georgia, skipped 12th grade and went directly to Yale. He subsequently received his PhD in Zoology from the University of Michigan. Bill is Professor Emeritus of Pennsylvania State University, thanks to a career spent teaching and researching the physiological ecology and ecotoxicology of reptiles, amphibians and fish. Bill has dedicated his life to learning and sharing his knowledge with others. Join him as he observes our better nature on the Island, his newest home.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Unusual American lady butterfly
American Lady Butterfly at Myakka River State Park 3.7.2014
This American lady butterfly observed at Myakka River State Park has a very unusual wing pattern. It appears that a portion of the right forewing is lacking the scales that provide color. I do not think they are worn away but actually missing since the butterfly otherwise appears fresh and not particularly worn. But this illustrates how the wing itself is transparent without the overlying scales.