Monday, December 03, 2007

One for the Record Books

We have a small bed of mainly native flowering plants in our back yard. Yesterday I noticed an unusual butterfly there and managed to grab a photo of it.

A web search revealed it to be a Rusty-tipped Page, a resident of Mexico and other Latin American countries. My sighting is only the third ever in the USA: It was seen once before in New Mexico and once in southern Texas, way down near the Mexican border.

Judging by the condition of its wings, the specimen in our yard probably got swept up to Houston by a recent storm front.

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