Also known as the bush hopper, the common bush hopper is a species of skipper buttefly found throughout India and parts of Asia. Like most butterflies the bush hopper feeds almost exclusively on nectar which it finds on flowers and other plants. Also like all skippers the common bush hopper flies in a unique “skipping” pattern.
The Oregon silverspot butterfly (Speyeria zerene hippolyta) once flourished in beach communities along the West Coast, but due to habitat loss they are found now in only a handful of protected areas, many of which are within the boundaries of the Siuslaw National Forest. Read about how local, state, and federal agencies are collaborating to bring the silverspot back from the brink: http://1.usa.gov/10gzbs8
Lesser Batwing (Atrophaneura aidoneus) is a member of the family papilionidae from Australasia. Atrophaneura aidoneus is black and has a wingspan of about 9–12 cm. The body has a red haircoat and females are dark-brown or black. The veins are bordered by white or yellow colour.
THIS MOTHERFUCKER, Monarch butterfly caterpillar (Danaus plexipus), ate all the leaves off of my Mexican Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica). Though most of the year’s last brood in the United States migrate to Mexico to overwinter, with our mild winters in Houston, we get caterpillars throughout the year.
After an hour or more of searching, I’m giving up. Could you use your superpowers to ID this? Photographed in Santa Catarina, Brazil.
And while we’re at it, do you have recommendations for websites/databases to help with IDing animals? Insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians, etc.
This took more time for me than usual. I was able to get it down to the family, but I was flummoxed by what species it could be. It turns out that there aren’t a lot of online sources with photos of Brazilian caterpillars. For once, I had to confer with an expert, and he suggested the Orion Butterfly (Historis odius). Your specimen is probably an unusually red early instar.