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I had pretty good luck spotting insects while hiking in Point Reyes National Seashore last week-end.  I saw Butterflies, Beetles, and Grubs. Here’s a sampler. 🙂

I’m pretty sure this is a Skipper, but I can’t find anything that looks exactly like it in my books, or online so, don’t know what it is.  I found it in Point Reyes National Seashore last week-end; July 9,2016.  Anyone know what it is and what it is called?

Unknown Skipper or Butterfly?

Other insects I found while exploring different areas of the park were:

A ladybug, one of several I saw…

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a green and black beetle called a Spotted Cucumber Beetle,

Spotted Cucumber Beetle

who was pretty hungry,

Spotted Cumcumber Bettle

…a Common Buckeye Butterfly

Common Buckeye Butterfly

…and a grub or grasshopper served a la carte to a White Crown Sparrow that is banded. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a banded sparrow.

Banded White Crown Sparrow

Nikon Df w/28-105mm lens and Delkin Digital Film, and  Lumix FZ200 w/ Lexar Digital Film- Hand-held

More to come…




  1. Aha! It WAS a copper, a purplish copper (Lycaena helloides). My friend Carol in Marin has posted several of these recently on Flickr and I suddenly thought of your butterfly.

  2. Wonderful photos, Deborah. I think the first one is a frittillary. Try that~it looks like a different species than the ones we have here but the same general “map”.

    • Thanks Melissa! I was hoping you’d weigh in on this image/butterfly. It doesn’t look like anything in North America, or Northern Calif. that I can find. Hopefully one day I’ll find out what it is. Probably something common. 🙂

      • Wow~maybe you’ve found something quite rare! 🙂 Some years we have species from the south come up. Maybe this is a Mexican butterfly. That would be something, wouldn’t it?

        • Isn’t Mexico part of North America? I’m rusty on the 7 continents I guess. 🙂

          I’ll look since I’ve looked for North America and Northern Calif.

          One friend thought it might a Copper type, but it doesn’t look like any of those either. It’s a puzzle.

  3. Awesome photos.

  4. brilliant images Deb! I’m a bit behind but wonderful posts all!

  5. Nice images! The insects certainly add interest. I got a kick out of the surprise ending … that’s nature!

  6. Gorgeous photos, Deborah! So many beautiful creatures. Did you try to identify your skipper? 🙂

    • Thank you so much Myriam!

      Yes, I submitted a photo of the butterfly or skipper on the 15th to the ID help forum, but I haven’t heard back from them yet.

      If they don’t accept the photo then I’m guessing I won’t get an ID from anyone there. 😦

      • Oh, they don’t accept photos sometimes? Hmm. Well, I hope they do let you know. Otherwise, I’ll start looking through photos of skippers. What oh what could it be called…

        • Hi, I was surprised to read in the email I received saying they received my submission that if it was accepted they’d let me know. I thought I was just asking for ID help! A Flickr friend thinks it’s a butterfly ; a fritillary type because the wing shape isn’t delta shaped like skippers are. He has a point.

          • Hmm, I think it may not be a fritillary or a skipper. But I looked at lots and lots of North American butterfly photos on the web and couldn’t find a match. Did you get an answer yet?

  7. Great photos! My son loves bugs and enjoyed these!

  8. Such wonderful photos! The white flowers and the different insects are amazing!

  9. Very nice Deborah.

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