Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sandra's Flutterby's

Our yard has many purple and red flowers and is a natural draw for butterfly's. I love to sit in the swing and watch them dance and flutter. sometimes they entertain us by dancing together over the pool. No photo of that, they move to fast for my focus.  today's photo's are from last summer.

the two photos above are the same butterfly, it is a Red Admiral and is territorial. they come to the same spot every day, rest on the same bush at night. Sits on the lip of the pool every afternoon between 3 and 5 and has been known to sit on Baby's back, Bob's back and my shoulder. There are two of them now, but no photo yet.






Spicebush Swallowtail above and below. Notice how it blends in with the plants and is very hard to see if I don't see it light there.


One night bob was in the yard with the dogs and he called me out and said watch this. The butterfly below would circle and land on the same bush. Circle and land on the same bush. I goolged and found they like to sleep in the same area, they roost at night. Who Knew?
SOOOO.....

I sneaked out in the dark and this is what i got. Wondrous to me!

Isn't he just beautiful in the dark and he did not mind the flashes as I clicked away.
If you look at the first 3 purple flowers on the side bar, it is different views of our purple passion vine. The passion flower is a butterfly magnet. They do the same things a bee does, move the pollen from plant to plant according to God's plan.


I saved my favorite for last, it is a White Peacock Buterfly. How Cool Is This?
He sat on my pink plastic chair by the pool and let me click away.
I think he might be an escapee from the Flutterby Gardens a few blocks away. I was glad he came to visit and I only saw him once and that was July of 2007. the other butterflies are common and can always be found in the hot summer time.

14 comments:

JoeyRes said...

I have a 5-year-old daughter that is super excited for the return of butterflies this summer. You have such a wonderful variety to look at!

DawnTreader said...

I know the Red Admiral! I "caught" one of those last summer (with my camera). If you like, you can see it here

The other kinds in your post (all beautiful) are all unknown to me.

I do love to watch butterflies outdoors in a garden or a park. Once however - many years ago - I visited a greenhouse full of them and that I felt was a bit too many fluttering things at once. (So that's what was behind my comment yesterday, in case you wonder.)

MedaM said...

I love butterflies very much and I completely enjoyed in this series of beautiful butterflies. Your photos are fantastic!

CambridgeLady said...

These are beautiful :o) I would be very happy sitting in your yard right now - the climate and the emerging plant-life and insects must be just perfect this time of year.

George said...

You got some wonderful pictures of the butterflies. I especially like the picture you got after dark. Beautiful.

Ginny said...

I noticed the plants and butterflies on your sidebar right away! I love the orange butterfly at the top. As for your post, my favorite is the white peacock, as well! How dainty, refined, and rare looking. I can't believe the night photo!!! Amazing! There must have been some porch lights or streetlights nearby so it wasn't pitch black. I can just see me trying to do a thing like that right now!! We have lumpy ground and no streetlights. I would end up with a picture of me sprawled on the ground. The unrare Ginnius Clumsyies.

Scott (AKA Bull Rhino) said...

Just found your blog and really enjoyed looking through it. I thought your profile was clever and fits me perfectly since I love to take photographs and I'm getting close to elderly (I do qualify for the Senior Pass for the National Parks) and sometimes my wife says I'm an animal. You've got a great blog with beautiful photos. We don't get as many butterflies here -because of the altitude I guess- which maybe makes me appreciate them even more.

SD - Addicted to The Click said...

Yowza! Love them!!! That one yellow one with the two wings up - about in the middle makes me swoon!! ;o)

Krista said...

Hi Sandra! Thanks for stopping by and following me. :o)

Your butterfly shots are fantastic! To be honest I am a little bit scared of butterflies (I know. It's ridiculous. lol) but these photos are so pretty I forgot to be nervous. ;o)

photowannabe said...

I wish we had more butterflies around here. They are so gorgeous and delicate. Terrific shots, Sandra.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous pictures of your 'flutterby's', Sandra... My favrorite is that last one, the White Peacock Butterfly.. That may be the most gorgeous butterfly I have EVER seen. WOW!!!

Love your sidebar pictures also.
Hugs,
Betsy

Stine in Ontario said...

Lovely photos of the butterflies. I am looking forward to seeing them in the gardens again!

SquirrelQueen said...

Wow, they are all so beautiful and your photos of them are great. I love seeing butterflies in the summer but we don't get that many different varieties. The White Peacock butterfly is gorgeous.

Tipper said...

Lovely photos!! I haven't seen any here yet-but I'm looking : )