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Regal Fritillary-Female
Speyria idalia
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<h5><big>Regal Fritillary-Female<br></big><em>Speyria idalia</h5></em>
08-JUL-2004 Click pic to return to gallery

Regal Fritillary-Female
Speyria idalia

Indiantown Gap, PA

LARVAL PLANT: Violets including Bird's Foot Violet (Viola pedata)

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Annette Hinerdeer 11-Jul-2006 23:24
Hello Bob,

Tonight WGAL TV did a special on the Regal Fritillary male butterfly, during their 6:00pm news. It can be seen at Indiantown Gap the next two days as I think there are some tours. I had never heard about it, and didn't know it was so rare that you have to go to Illinois to see one, other then at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA. I thought after dinner I'm going to check Bob's sight, as I KNOW he will have a picture of one. Sure enough you had (4)----2 of the female and 2 of the male.

I visit your sight many times to get information, but more to just enjoy the beauty of all the wildlife of which you take pictures. I have emailed you before regarding the wood duck. i had asked you when it was at Pinchot in hopes of seeing one.

My husband and I are hosts at Gifford Pinchot State Park, where you take some of your pictures. I had the "great" opportunity to take my FIRST kayaking trip at boat mooring #1, at Pinchot in May, with someone you know, Pat Sabold, in her kayaks. We went back into Beaver Creek's tributaries too. We had a wonderful day and I loved the 4 hours we spent looking at the wild flowers, and the geese on their nests, and of course Pat pointing out the call and the sight of the birds that I was not familiar with. I had not known before we took off on our trip, that we would have such narrow paths to row, and have to duck our head so much. HA! Her reason for taking me was the hope that I would see "in person" a wood duck or loon. No luck, but it was an experience that I will always have to remember. When back there, it was so peaceful, I felt like we were the only two people on Earth, besides those birds singing.

She sure knows her stuff. I casually told her while in the inlet at the boot mooring, that "there was a grey heron over there." We both rowed over quietly, and she started snapping pictures of a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, which she said was a "great find." I know a "little" about birds and wildflowers, but just the more common ones. I was so happy that I sighted that heron. It stood there and gave us a wonderful show.

I'm so happy that you have your web site, as it's a great place to visit and look in "awe" at your gift as a photographer. Thanks for the beauty!

*** While we hosted from April till May we had a Cooper's hawk nesting in a tall tree at the end of the camping pad at site #288. It gave every camper an extra treat for their camping fee. It was the talk of the park.

Best Wishes,

Annette Hinerdeer