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.

Bill Dunson

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