Tuesday, September 18, 2007

More Butterflies

Today I am posting a few more butterfly photos, taken at various times over the summer.



From my limited research, I think this may be a Mylitta Crescent. Anyone know for sure? I caught it here on my Zinnia 'Profusion Apricot'. The flowers of this zinnia start out a solid Apricot color and as they get older they fade to shades of yellow with apricot spots, which gives them a really cool effect!




I'm not sure about this one, but think it could be a dark Wood Nymph? It is sitting on a Heliopsis flower and is kind of in the shadows, but has a prominent spot on the upper wing.




The Cabbage White butterfly, lighting here on Verbena Bonariensis.




This looks to be the same species as the first photo (Mylitta Crescent), stopping for a moment on a Calendula 'Radio' flower.





A Zebra Swallowtail on purple Pincushion Flower. It looks to be in mid-flight, but the flower it is sitting on is actually covered by it's wings. I've seen several Tiger Swallowtails this summer and have posted about them here and here, but this was the first of only two Zebra's I've seen.




The same Zebra Swallowtail as in the above photo. Although his wings are a bit out of focus here, I liked the close-up of his legs clinging onto the larkspur flowers.

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This post is for my garden friend Catherine, who has requested "more pictures!"

(In return, I'd like to see you retrieve your lost password and leave me a comment!)

Fair enough? :-)



28 comments:

Deb said...

Gorgeous butterfly photos! You have a wonderful asortment visiting you. Our garden has seen the Cabbage White & Monarch :-}

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Leslie said...

Such wonderful photos and great variety!

Carol said...

Beautiful pictures, you've really captured the beauty of those butterflies, which takes a lot of patience.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

kris said...

Pretty! We have butterflies in the garden, but I have had no luck capturing them in photos - so very fun to see yours!

lisa said...

Wow-great shots! Looks like you have a very butterfly-friendly garden...congratulations!

Beth said...

Stunning photos, Connie! And I love the "Apricot Profusion" blossom.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Wow... what great photos! I love the zoom on the last one--I have never "seen" a zebra swallowtail that up close and personal. Very cool. :)

Marie said...

Beautiful butterflies!
Nice blog you've got!
I have got some butterflies on my blog today too.
Have a nice day :o)

Dirty Fingernails said...

The Zebra Swallowtail is outstanding.. I never saw one growing up in Idaho.. Are they just up where you are at?

Yolanda said...

Thesse area gorgeous. I love butterflies.

Ki said...

You certainly have a lot more variety of butterflies in your garden than we have here. What great photos. Unfortunately the ones we have here are not so cooperative or maybe I'm too impatient.

Greenie Gardens said...

What lovely photos. Butterflies are difficult to photograph but you've really got such nice close ones. Thanks for visiting my blog. Stephanie

Catherine said...

Beautiful butterfly pic's...what a variety! Also beautiful zinnia in the first shot, the markings are unusual..but gorgeous!!

Great captures!
Catherine

Yolanda Elizabet said...

What a lot of lovely pics of butterflies! Thanks for sharing!

You must have a lot of patience as it is not easy to capture a butterfly with your camera, so well done!!!!

Connie said...

Thank you all for your comments!

Dirty Fingernails - A list of Idaho butterfly species lists a Pale Zebra Swallowtail. I don't know how widespread they are in the state. I have only seen 2 this year.

Beth said...

What kind of camera do you have? Your photos are amazing!

Me said...

Beautiful photos - I particularly like the photo of the one that you think might be a wood nymph - that is a gorgeous photo.

Connie said...

Beth - Thanks! I have an older model Canon Powershot A-80. (It is only 4 megapixels and has a tiny little viewing screen, but does have a great macro mode.) I am hoping to update soon...not sure which model, but will stick with Canon.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

So beautiful! I can never get good butterfly pictures, they just will not sit still for me. I planted a "garden for the senses" this spring with herbs etc in the hopes of attracting butterflies, I did not actually see many over the summer but yesterday my grandsons and I discovered 5 swallowtail caterpillars, I was so excited!

Again, lovely photos!

Owin & Irena said...

hello connie. how lucky you are to have such a variety of butterflies. i have been lucky enough to have quite a few monarchs visit, but I would certainly welcome the sight of a swallowtail or two.
Cheers,
Irena

Cat said...

It is retrieved! And your pics are simply divine.

Andrea's Garden said...

how beautiful! I was not as lucky this year to see many butterflies. I wonder if my new cat scared them away. :-) She used to observe them with lots of attention. Great pictures! Andrea

kate said...

These are great butterfly photographs. I love the Cabbage White on the Verbena and the Zebra Swallowtails on the Pincushion flower. Please post more of these.

Naturegirl said...

Your wings are beautiful..I danced with butterflys 2 weeks ago I hope you had the opportunity to see.
Seeing these images always lift my spirit! hugs NG

MrBrownThumb said...

Connie,

These are awesome photographs. You should print out the very first one because it is a keeper.

Ki said...

I am so envious that you can take such great pictures of butterflies.

Ki said...

What wonderful photos of butterflies. Either I'm not very observant or we don't have the variety that you have but I haven't seen too many different kinds of butterflies.