Orange Sulphur, also known as the alfalfa butterfly. And not to be confused with the Clouded Sulphur butterfly.
Thank you iNaturalist!
iNaturalist is a very cool app that will help me identify plants and creatures of all kinds. After posting and doing my best to determine the identity, secret superpower scientists will pop up on the back side and either correct my guess, or confirm my vast knowledge in plant and critter identities. On rare occasion my always fascinating observation gets ignored, but for the most part, I get my ID made. So awesome!
After posting 187 observations over the past year in a half, what might you think has received the most attention and identification from my secret scientists? (OK, no, they aren’t all scientists, but I’m sure there are some actual scientists helping me out 😁)
Back to my question: What critter has received the highest number of ID’s you ask?
My Northern Black-tailed Rattlesnake! I had ID’d him as a Western Black-Tailed Rattlesnake. I had 8 experts set me straight. It was a pretty awesome rattle snake. In fact, you can see him on my post here if you wish. 😊
Here are the beautiful Orange Sulphur Butterflies. And forgive me… I spent a few hours obsessed with these butterflies. I took a several photos 🦋🦋
I wondered, what is the difference between an Orange Sulphur and a Clouded Sulpher? My internet search brought up this: “The major difference between the clouded sulphur and the orange sulphur is the color shade of their bodies. The wings of clouded sulphurs are mainly lemon yellow whereas the orange sulphur has an orangish hue on their wings.”
So, what do you think about the photos below? Orange or Clouded??
Either way, very cool, very beautiful butterflies! This past summer we had millions fluttering all around us, sometimes like sparkling pixie dust. They are still out there and I will enjoy them as long as I can 🦋🦋🦋