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Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2021 15:50:22 -0700 (PDT)
From: Bo_Z <bozaremba...>
Subject: [MassLep] Martin Burns WMA, Newbury -4/4/21- Pine Elfin

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I did a loop around Martin Burns WMA. At one point, there was a small, dark
lep fluttering towards me low on the path into a stiff breeze. I
immediately thought The Infant moth, since I had seen one earlier today. I
froze, but as it passed me I did not see the orange flash I was expecting.
I saw where it landed and started to stalk it with my camera. About six
feet away I dropped to one knee and started to creep up. It dawned on me
that the wings were wrong, that they were being held in an upright
position. As I got a little closer, it turned to face me straight on, which
did not help much. I stopped creeping at four feet, focused my camera and
hoped it would rotate to give me a ventral view. After a minute, it started
to rotate and a perfectly focused Eastern Pine Elfin appeared! Just as I
started to press the shutter, it flew up and into the undergrowth. I hung
around for a long time, hoping it would reappear, but to no avail.

I also had one very ragged Mourning Cloak.

https://pbase.com/image/171534473Bo Zaremba

Newburyport, MA

bozaremba(at)comcast.net

https://pbase.com/bo_z/butterflies_of_massachusetts

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<p>I did a loop around Martin Burns WMA. At one point, there
was a small, dark lep fluttering towards me low on the path into a stiff
breeze. I immediately thought The Infant moth, since I had seen one earlier
today. I froze, but as it passed me I did not see the orange flash I was ex=
pecting.
I saw where it landed and started to stalk it with my camera. About six fee=
t
away I dropped to one knee and started to creep up. It dawned on me that th=
e
wings were wrong, that they were being held in an upright position. As I go=
t a
little closer, it turned to face me straight on, which did not help much. I
stopped creeping at four feet, focused my camera and hoped it would rotate =
to
give me a ventral view. After a minute, it started to rotate and a perfectl=
y
focused Eastern Pine Elfin appeared! Just as I started to press the shutter=
, it
flew up and into the undergrowth. I hung around for a long time, hoping it =
would
reappear, but to no avail.<span></span></p>

<p>I also had one very ragged Mourning Cloak.<span></span></p>

<p>https://pbase.com/image/171534473Bo Zaremba<span></span>

</p><p>Newburyport, MA<span></span></p>

<p>bozaremba(at)comcast.net<span></span></p>

<p>https://pbase.com/bo_z/butterflies_of_massachusetts<span></span></p>





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