Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Butterfly Queen


There hasn't been much in the way of butterflies on the farmette this summer.  And, I do mean of any variety.  We have plenty of wildflowers scattered about, as well as some flower beds.  This usually attracts some species, but not this year.  


However, I did have a lucky moment yesterday morning when I spied this lovely flyer.  Her markings indicate that she is a true Monarch and not a Viceroy.  



Mostly she cooperated, but a few shots didn't turn out as I had hoped.  



What about you?  More or less butterflies in your neck of the woods this summer?  

41 comments:

  1. We have had more than last year. Your photos are so pretty. Have a great week.

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  2. Oh! . . .so pleased I saw this on my sidebar before closing down.
    Great shots Michelle and shame she was a bit camera shy.

    We in UK seem to have a fair few this summer.
    Cheers:) Eddie

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  3. What a beauty. I have been surprised that I haven't seen many butterflies this year. After the last few years where they seemed to really have been making a comeback, I am wondering what has happened. xo Laura

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  4. We have lots of flowers also, but very few butterflies. Great shots!

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  5. i've been lucky enough to spot a few monarchs here this spring. we had a bunch of others when the wildflowers were popping, but they've slowed up as things have stopped blooming.

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  6. We haven't had near as many this year, our cold winter may have reduced the numbers. Lots of Japanese beetles to where I have had to really spray to keep the pole beans alive.

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  7. Not so much in my yard but I did notice thaere were plenty out at the farm yesterday. Butterflies lend such beauty to nature.

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  8. Very pretty photos! Less and less here, unfortunately...

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  9. I have seen one butterfly all summer. Odd. The monarch is a beauty!

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  10. I haven't seen a butterfly all summer, either, but I don't go outside much in the summer, and we don't have any flowers in our yard to attract them. I have heard that we are driving butterflies and bees away, and our crops will suffer for it. You captured some amazing shots. Glorious, actually!

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  11. beautiful images. I have seen butterflies but not alot. maybe I'm just not where they are.

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  12. Great capture of the monarch. I've seen very few butterflies both this year and last year.

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  13. These are beautiful shots! I haven't seen many butterflies here.

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  14. A real beauty. There is the usual amount od butterflies here. But since I live in the city I don't notice them as much as I should.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  15. NONE!!! And our honey bees are light too. Lots of the bigger bumble type bees though.

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  16. Less. We have the Monarchs but in smaller numbers, not one Swallowtail this summer and not even a Hummingbird Moth on my Phlox this summer...strange. Another thing I saw that I haven't before was a green dragonfly eating a blue one...not sure what kind they were. Maybe the harsh winters everywhere had some hand in this strange summer of insects...

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  17. Wake up to a breath of burning smell in the air almost other day, the haze in the summer from open burnings locally and from across Indonesia is choking us ! I have hesitated to go out photographing but soon hopefully.

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  18. I haven't seen a single butterfly since I moved into the apartments. Maybe they don't like city living!!

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  19. I had more luck, while living at the farm, in photographing butterflies. The cottage is beginning to attract several different ones. The one I recently wrote about, never stopped moving it's wings. It was difficult to get a good photo.

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  20. Wonderful photos . . . something is making the Monarchs happy . . .
    Not many in our yard but finding plenty when I walk down the road
    where there are many milkweed plants.

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  21. Funny you mention butterflies, because I was just amazed at how many I had seen at a park in town this weekend. I tried capturing them too, but they are tough to get the right angle and wings and everything just right! Your monarch is gorgeous and I have to say the photo is perfect too!!

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  22. We seem to have a fair number. I have lots of cone flowers, bee balm, butterfly weed, zinnias, and even 3 milkweed plants.

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  23. Gorgeous photos. The butterflies are way down. And my friend Mr. Science reports few bumblebees this summer on his restored prairie...:(

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  24. Fewer butterflies on our place in WV. We usually have many swallowtails and Tiger butterflies, and those orange ones I can't recall trhe name of, but not this year. Not as many hummingbirds either. I wonder if they were migrating when that late freeze came in April?

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  25. I can only recall seeing one and I was not able to capture it (photographically) -- that last one is a beauty!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  26. My zinnias have been attracting slot of butter flies but just started it recently..it's been an odd year weather wise

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  27. Hi Michelle, Those are just wonderful shots! Did you get the new macro lens? It sure looks like it. Wow, Monarchs are beautiful, aren't they? Your pictures reminded me of my visit to a butterfly farm in Aruba. I posted about it on March 29th. I hope you saw that one ... Anyway, one thing for sure: butterflies are not always so easy to photograph and get excellent results like you did here. Congrats! John

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  28. I love seeing the Monarch in your photos - we don't have them here. I have noticed less butterflies, too. I am suspecting genetically modified crops that contain pesticides - the same as has been killing the honeybees. Of course the 'official' version is they are dying of a virus :(

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  29. Butterflies seem scarce here too. Very sad, I think.

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  30. Gorgeous. Butterflies seem to be down but the dragonflies are plentiful and bright and big. Wonder what that means.

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  31. When the sun's out. They are here on the deck. I'd say about the same numbers.

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  32. I am not sure how much time ago I saw my last butterfly... Your is wonderful and you photos stunning!

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  33. Beautiful pictures! I LOVE butterflies and I'm afraid I haven't seen very many this year. Dragonflies on the other hand are everywhere. Which will be bad when I get my bee's :/

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  34. i don't think i have seen one butterfly this summer but it could be because i am heat sensitive and have not been outdoors much. i am sharing some butterfly images tomorrow but the are from the butterfly house in hershey!! that's kinda like cheating ;)

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  35. I've seen a few Monarchs and quite a few lovely large all yellow butterflies whose name I do not know. Lots of bees are loving my Russian Sage plants! :)

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  36. Truly a Beauty!
    I've had a different variety of butterflies this year than last - and I think I've had less of them. Hoping the activity picks up this month!!

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  37. More! Not that we have a lot, but at least more than previous years! At least one Monarch has traveled through as well as some others that I am not familiar with.

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