There is a shrub near the front door with lots of flowers. It attracts butterflies constantly. Several varieties often congregate at the same time. In fact, if you stand still long enough, they may even tickle your face with their wings as they pass by.
So what’s my beef with these friendly creatures? It’s the fact that they won’t stand still long enough for me to take their picture. For several days I had been stalking trying to get a picture to no avail. If I stood there too long with camera poised, curious bumblebees would start circling my head. Not fun. (the bees love this plant too)
Finally, on a particularly lovely autumn day, a gracious butterfly held still long enough for my camera to register its image. Here is the Queen (Danaus gilippus). Like the monarch butterfly, it’s poisonous so predators learn to avoid it. Maybe that’s why they flutter around in such a giddy abandon.
As I zoom out, take a look at the plants in the background with the orange flowers.
Unfortunately these lovely plants got hit by the hard freeze we experienced this weekend.
Pretty sad huh? Oh well, seasons change. I do wonder though, where have all the butterflies gone? They’re probably on a cruise in the Bahamas as we speak.
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