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Missouri, Day 2, April 23rd

(Dr. Jeffrey Glassberg’s adventures continue in Missouri! The featured image above is a Red-banded Hairstreak, in Benton County, MO -ed.)

Apparently, Missouri holds groundhog’s day on April 22, because when I awoke today, it was exactly as it was yesterday.  Gray sky and glum face. 

So, I used the morning to deal with various NABA issues.  By the time that I write this up for American Butterflies, I may be able to say what they were.

Around 11:30, I drove to Truman SP.  Around noon, the sun was actually visible for about 5 minutes but then went back to sleep.  I was jealous.  

Common Roadside-Skipper

I walked around for the next 1 ½ hours and did see a few species that I hadn’t seen yesterday – but no Ozark Swallowtails.  Because I’m a slow learner, there were some exciting moments that involved Pipevine Swallowtails.  Also, the Red-banded Hairstreaks and Common Roadside-Skippers had just emerged, and so were particularly beautiful.  Butterflies seen were: Pipevine Swallowtail 4, Gray Hairstreak 1, Red-banded Hairstreak 2, Eastern Tailed-Blue 15, Pearl Crescent 1, Red Admiral 1, Northern Cloudywing 1, Juvenal’s Duskywing 15, Horace’s Duskywing 1, Wild Indigo Duskywing 1, Common Roadside-Skipper 2.

Northern Cloudywing

After a dinner of enchiladas suizas, I watched the Brooklyn Nets get eliminated from the playoffs (the Wild Indigo Duskywings have NEVER made the playoffs).  It was a particularly ugly game to unfortunately end what was a great and fun Nets basketball year. 

I wait on the weather gods.

Wild Indigo Duskywing female