Friday, May 29, 2020

Five on Friday - Butterflies

Good morning! And welcome to this week's 'Five on Friday'! 

I don't have a lot of time this morning, so I'm going to scoot right on into this week's post. The topic I've selected is butterflies! 🦋 

1) Last summer this Gulf Fritillary Butterfly and a few of its friends visited our zinnias. John, nor I, either one had seen this kind of butterfly before, so watching them was a real treat for both of us!

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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly on Zinnas
2) I don't know what kind of butterfly this is, but this was the very first photo that I took with the digital camera, so it would have been taken around mid-August of last year. The butterfly was sunning itself on the mint that had flowered in my herb-wheel. That's what the little purple flowers are that you can see fading into the background.

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Unknown (To Me) Species on Mint

3) I spotted this Tiger Swallowtail flitting around, sipping nectar from the purple-headed coneflowers (a.k.a. echinacea) in our front yard last year. Pollinators of all kinds visit the coneflowers, as do the brightly-colored goldfinches. 

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Tiger Swallowtail on Purple Coneflower

4) I took this photo of a Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly when my youngest daughter and I were out and about on Wednesday. Great Spangled Fritillaries are large, beautiful butterflies and are native to the tallgrass prairies of southwest Missouri.

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Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly
5) I took this photo of a Monarch sipping nectar from butterfly milkweed a couple of years or so ago out at the state park where I work. This large, beautiful, orange and black butterfly is my favorite butterfly and my heart delights every time I see one. I've only seen two or three so far this year. 

Monarch Butterfly on Butterfly Milkweed

What about you? What kind of butterflies are found are your corner of the globe? And what is your favorite?

Until next time...

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  1. Monarchs are my favorite butterflies as well! I've seen maybe 1 or 2 I think so far this year. Hoping as it warms up and summer finally gets here that we'll start seeing a lot more.

  2. Yes, me, too! When we lived in Blue Springs we were right in the fly-zone one year. While at the park one evening we witnesses thousands of Monarchs over-nighting in the trees there. The branches were so heavy with Monarchs that they were drooping! It was amazing!!! <3


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