Saturday, June 20, 2009

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

This is one of the smaller Butterflies that visit my yard. When it first flits by it doesn’t grab your attention like the Swallowtails. But take a picture and really look at it.

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Look at the beautiful pattern on the underside of the wing.

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They are even more striking with the sun shining through the wings. I think there is some sort of wasp  just over the right wing. It kept landing where ever the butterfly did and chasing it off. I don’t think it is a Honey Bee. The wings are longer than the body.

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Here’s a better look at the underside. It looks like it was painted on.Butterfly and Dragonfly 049cs

I wish I had been able to get a better picture of the body. That has a unique paint job too.c 028cs2

My bottlebrush bushes are very popular with the butterflies, bees, wasps and hummingbirds. Oh, and don’t forget that beautiful  Eastern Amberwing dragonfly, in an earlier post. She sat on the budded tip of the bush for quite a long time.


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I posted this photo, not for the Butterfly itself, but for the color combination of the Butterfly and the Honey Bee. They seem to be working in harmony.c 033cs


  1. Carol, I don't know when I've seen any better photos of butterflies than these. They are exquisite....

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. These are just too fabulous! The paint job on that butterfly is smashing. Good work!

  3. That is a very beautiful butterfly and your photos of it are gorgeous. I really love your bottlebrush bush, thouh I don't think it would take well to a long cold winter. Darn!

  4. What a beautiful butterfly. Interesting how each side of the wings are slightly different. Like the bee there too. Great captures.

  5. What a beautiful butterfly. Interesting how each side of the wings have a slightly different pattern. Also like the bee. Great captures.

  6. Carol, These are great! You need to give lessons on photographing butterflies! I'm looking forward to trying to get it right this year. I have trouble getting the depth of field that I want.

  7. What beauties!! You have captured them so well.

  8. You've done such a great job capturing this butterfly with your lens. Thanks for sharing!

  9. carol,
    these are fantastic! love the colors.
    great stuff.
    nikonsniper steve

  10. Beautiful photos!!! The colors are so brilliant!

  11. Wow, what amazing pictures! I am really impressed.


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