Monday, April 27, 2009

Henry's Elfin

I came across this Henry's Elfin on Plum Island hear Newburyport, Massachusetts.

13 comments:

Kelly said...

...I'm slowly starting to learn butterflies from your blog and others. All these years and I've never learned their names, just marveled at their beauty when they've lit on blossoms close to me.

John Theberge said...

Nice photo. I haven't seen any butterflies yet but if this warm weather continues it won't be long before they show up.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

A great shot of this lovely butterfly Steve.

Ginnymo said...

Great photo!! They really blend in with the surroundings!! We don't have any Butterflies up here yet. Not that I've seen anyway.

Steve B said...

Hi Kelly, I actually know very little about butterflies. They have weird names like “hair streak”, “admiral”, “skipper” and “elfin”. I picked up a Kaufmann’s guide to help me out.

Hi John, Yes, yesterday was a hot one! I did see an admiral go by on Friday in Ipswich. He was on a mission and it didn’t include time to stop near me!

Thanks Joan.

Hi Ginnymo, this little guy landed on a boardwalk. I was sitting down shooting them when a couple happened upon the trail. He was being nice and holding still for me.

Jenny said...

Hi Steve, I'd never heard of an Elfin before. I'm wondering if they are similar to our hairstreaks or maybe related to Blues? What does it look like opened up? I'm curious! (-:

Chris said...

Hi Steve,
Very nice picture. I would love to get butterflies here, but Iceland has to warm up a bit more I guess ;-)

T and S said...

Awesome details Steve.

Roy said...

Great shot Steve, Like Jenny I was curious and looked at various shots on the net. They appear quite similar on the top side to the underneath, which is unusual for butterflies.

Steve B said...

Hi Jenny and Roy. I don't know much about butterflies, I'm just learning myself. In my Kaufman's Butterflies of North America, the elfins occupy a page in the middle of the hairstreaks.

2sweetnsaxy said...

I went to a butterfly display/event yesterday. I know a little more about them than I did the day before. This is a great shot. I'll be posting mine soon.

Doug Taron said...

I'm completely astonished and jealous. The only elfin I have managed to see in northeast Massachusetts is the banded (pine) elfin. I was living there and paying attention to butterflies for over 15 years. Excellent find, and great photo.

Doug Taron said...

P.S. In response to a commenter's query, elfins are indeed some of the hairstreaks. The upper sides are uniform brown. I've never seen an elfin open its wings to expose the upper surface even when they're basking in direct sunshine. You only get to see the top side when they're mounted on pins.

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