Scientific name: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Speyeria atlantis
Common Name: Atlantis Fritillary
Photographer: E. M. Barrows
Identifier: E. M. Barrows
Collector: not applicable
Keywords: A black butterfly orange butterfly Manistee pollination pollinator sunning
The mornings of 16 and 17 July 2003 were beautiful in the Manistee National Forest, Michigan.
Direct sun hit the ground and foliage (often Bracken Ferns).
Many kinds of insects sunned before becoming active for the day.
My nephew and I watched and photographed the insects.
Assassin flies, Banded Hairstreaks, a Dun Skipper, grasshoppers, and a White Admiral sunned on Bracken Ferns.
An American Painted Lady, Atlantis Fritillaries, and banded-wing locusts sunned on the ground.
The Hairstreaks lay on their sides at first, warmed, and sat up vertically after they were very warm.
Then male Hairstreaks chased one another.
One Atlantis Fritillary sipped juices from an insect killed by colliding with a truck headlight.
You can call up all pages on insect sunning on these days with “keyword:” Manistee sunning.
E. M. B. (October 2003)