Finally a Butterfly


In years past I would see many butterflies throughout the summer seasons.  I have hardly spied any this year.  I still have all of my usual flowers and some vegetable plants to attract them, but nary a butterfly.



Imagine my surprise when I saw this Red Spotted Purple Admiral just hanging around some gourds.  It is so perfect that it almost doesn't seem real in this photograph.  

"Happiness is a butterfly, which, when persued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."  

Nathaniel Hawthorne  



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  1. Hello, I agree happiness is a butterfly. Lovely photo too. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  2. It varies year to year as to how many we have, this year is kind of in the middle as I see some of most kinds of butterflies. It could have something to do with the weather, food sources for the caterpillars and food for the butterfly. Like if all the milkweed in an area is sprayed then the ones that depend on that will not be in as great numbers. Also I have noticed that butterflies are attracted to manure and urine areas so I might not see them flying around the yard but if I go to the stable there are a bunch flying there. It is more complicated than we know.

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  3. I enjoy the butterfly and like the quote.we are tagging Monarchs this month as a study with their migration .

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  4. I watched my little squirrely buddy grabbing for a large butterfly just inches from his grasp the other day. I think he wanted to play with it, but I don't know.

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  5. Now that you mention it I haven't seen as many as normal this year. It has been cooler and wetter here so maybe that has something to do with it.

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  6. Happy sight indeed . . .
    I too am seeing fewer butterflies this year . . .
    However, on my walk this morning I saw a flitting Monarach!
    Made my heart full and happy.

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  7. Well this gorgeous creature was well worth the wait Michelle, beautifully snapped here ✨

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  8. That is a beautiful butterfly you captured! I've never seen one like that. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  9. That is a bright butterfly! You can't miss him among all of the green.

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  10. Oh how beautiful!!! Stay dry btw!!!

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  11. It is soooo beautiful. I have not seen many on my flowers, nor very many as a rule.

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  12. It's a great looking species too. Butterflies have been prolific around here this year and we have been raising Monarchs indoors. Two emerged from their chrysalises today. We promised the two little girls next door we would wait until they get home from school to release them.

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  13. That butterfly is a beauty. I saw a white one today on my walk, it flew alongside me for a few steps and then looked for a landing spot.

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  14. worth the wait, amazing and what a great image!!!

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  15. Such a beautiful butterfly. We've not had many either, and very few bees. It makes me worry.....x Karen

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  16. Rarity makes it all the more spectacular when finally you see it!

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