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Butterflies of Panama

One of the first things (well aside from the birds) that you will notice in Panama is the incredible array of Butterflies.  In the heat of the day (and I am talking serious heat and humidity at the Tower) during the siesta break, I wandered around sampling the butterflies as they sampled the nectar.  I would like to show you a few of them.  Most of them I do not know the names of, but they are all fabulous.

banded peacock
Banded Peacock

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Dimorphic Skipper

Frosted Flasher

This one is a skipper and maybe a FrostedFlasher

scary caterpiller

Domi and I found this wicked looking caterpillar on a bridge railing at the start of Plantation Road. I wouldn’t touch it if you paid me.

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Heliconius

sister

Orange-washed Sister

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Either Ziba Scrub-Hairstreak or Confusing Scrub-Hairstreak

All of these were taken at the Canopy Tower. But let me leave you with the Blue Morpho that floats everywhere at the Lodge. I loved that they came to the feeders to eat the bananas. They rest with their wings closed. It was impossible for me to take a good shot of one flying. They are the most beautiful blue.

blue morpho eating banana

Special thanks to Kim Garwood for helping ID the butterflies and to Patrick Belardo for suggesting her website.

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Autumn Butterflies

Isn’t it interesting that fall butterflies are fall colored.

Wee, teeny American Copper

The beautiful Common Buckeye

Sachem Skipper, I am so bad at IDing skippers.  Scott Barnes, the naturalist at Sandy Hook, IDed this one.

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Butterflying

When the birding gets tough and birders go butterflying.

I find IDing butterflies much harder than birds.  And moths next to impossible.  But they are beautiful.

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