Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Uncommonly beautiful common butterflies

The Gulf Fritillary, often seen locally in the late summer, is often seen in September migrating to the Gulf coast in great numbers and is a thrill to watch.

This Pearl Crescent is frequently seen along roadsides and fields and is one of our most common small butterflies with a wing span of only about 2 1/2 inches

It's always a delight to see a Buckeye. They are one of our most distinctive eye-spotted butterflies.

To say I am thrilled when I find one of these beautiful Zebra Swallowtails dining in our garden. They are what I consider "nervous" butterflies in that they seldom simply stop on a flower and cease beating their wings. They also are quite flighty and getting close to photograph is often a trial.
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