Hobomok skipper on blue flag iris, Sourlands, 2009

Today I had the great joy of walking several nature preserves with an expert. This expert happened to be a butterfly expert. He was an expert of the best sort: a good teacher, companionable, and quietly celebratory. A good teacher shares knowledge, guides learning, and reinforces what is passed on.

I have learned the following today:
Little glassywing skipper
Broken dash skipper
Least skipper
Peck's skipper
Pearl crescent
Great spangled fritillary
Question mark
Clover looper moth
Tailed blue
Little wood satyr
Common wood-nymph
the markings on the leading edge of many dragonfly species' wings may be weights that assist in flight