A nose by any other name. . .

by Jen on September 23, 2010

We have a stand of Joe Pye weed at the farm and this time of year it is all aflutter with lovely painted wings.

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While I haven’t been an insect collector since I was a kid, I do find watching & snapping a few photos to be quite relaxing.

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Actually, I took tons of photos, but I won’t bore you with every butterfly here – I want to talk about proboscises.  While I was lazily wandering around, sipping sparkling water & taking hammock breaks, these flutterbugs

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were sticking their proboscises in each and every flower.

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Some had worn themselves ragged with their tireless travel from plant to plant.

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I tried to get a shot of each species proboscosing (probing for short), but I couldn’t get anywhere close to the solid pale yellow ones.  I was, however, able to get a shot of a bigger, sand colored one

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but I could never get a clear view of its proboscis.

Here’s the best shot I got of its head:

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If anyone can help identify this one, please let me know.

Or maybe I’ve discovered a whole new species!

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