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Mark Ferguson <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 8 Sep 2006 22:47:19 -0400
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Thanks Harry, Kevin, Bryan, Alex, and Kent for your feedback on azures and 

The azures are a puzzling group, and thanks for the details on flights 
Harry.  Itís satisfying to know the Spirea observations were good.  I saw 
at least three of the flights you noted in the Waterbury area this year, 
but will check field notes to see if there may have been others.  Just got 
a fresh looking one last week (C. neglecta by your time table). 

For fritillaries, the eye color sounded easy enough so I went out to test 
it.  Iím one who perceives colors differently, as noted by Alex, so I 
snapped a shot and brought it home to verify.  Well, there was no concensus 
among the ďcolor-unchallengedĒ in my family whether the eyes were 
yellow/tan or blue-gray.  In case anyone would like to provide an id, Iíve 
posted the photo here:
It sounds like for aphrodite/atlantis frits, it might be good to take 
multiple photos showing several characters.  From the characters everyone 
provided, Iím thinking of noting the following in photos: eye color, 
underside of hind wing (follow-spots), and the two black marginal parallel 
lines on the wings above, particularly forewings.

I realize this is awfully late in the season to be trying to figure this 

- Mark