Pearl Crescent butterflies mating – 7/13/11
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 7/13/11
Observation Time: 2:00 p.m.
Observation Location: Gavins Pond soccer field parking lot
Common Name: Pearl Crescent butterflies
Scientific Name: Phyciodes tharos
Comments: Here is a sequence of four photos, taken over a span of just a few minutes, of a pair of Pearl Crescent butterflies mating near the Gavins Pond soccer field parking lot.
I was walking on my way to get the stream gauge reading at the Gavins Pond dam when I first spotted them flying erratically. The smaller male was pursuing the bigger female. When they alit, I got out my camera, approached quietly, and started shooting.
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