Long-tailed skipper (Urbanus proteus) on a rosinweed (Silphium integrifolium) flower.

We recently installed a garden in our backyard with mostly native plants. Over the last week, I’ve been trying to capture some photos of the pollinators visiting the flowers. I recently volunteered at the GTM Reserve for butterfly monitoring, so I am particularly intrigued by how many different species of skippers exist.

I have been finding it very difficult to photograph these insects because they move quickly and it is hard to get them in focus. When I am successful, I load the pictures on iNaturalist to make sure I have a proper identification. I’m providing a few images here, even though a few are out of focus. I am intrigued at how paying attention to the details on these insects is rewarding. If you don’t pay close attention, you don’t see their marvelous features.

Long-tailed skipper on a rosinweed flower.
Brazilian skipper (Calpodes ethlius) on a rosinweed flower.
Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on a firebush (Hamelia patens) blossom.
Saltmarsh skipper (Panoquina panoquin) on a Romerillo (Bidens alba) blossom.
Furrow bee (Halictus) on a romerillo blossom.
A polka-dot wasp moth (Syntomeida epilais) on a coreopsis flower.

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