Flutter Bug

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 6:11 am 17 comments

I like butterflies, so why are they giving me a hard time?

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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17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. blissbait  |  Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 6:53 am

    OH WOW! It was worth the wait. That first picture is GREAT!!! And the last ones….all frozen. Done. Maybe they’re down in Mexico. Do all butterflies migrate? Hmmmm. Thank You and Cheers All! 🙂

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    • 2. Era  |  Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 7:33 am

      I they are in Mexico I hope they go easy on the tequila… maybe that’s why they flutter around in such a giddy manner 🙂

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  • 3. Tasneem R  |  Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Such lovely flowers grow nearby your house!….that’s amazing gift of nature to you !Also it;s adding to the beauty of your house in a way! Lovely sight ! Also the butterflies are pretty ..!
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    • 4. Era  |  Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 11:03 am

      It is nice having flowers nearby, even though right now they resemble a dried floral arrangement.

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      • 5. Tasneem R  |  Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 8:48 am

        lol!

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  • 6. S. Le  |  Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 11:15 am

    So beautiful! Butterflies are just so vain they make you wait.

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    • 7. Era  |  Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 11:59 am

      They’re beautiful and they know it.

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  • 8. Gary  |  Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Sorry to hear about your flowers Era but great butterfly photo! 😀

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    • 9. Era  |  Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm

      The plants look pathetic, don’t they. But it will be nice to see the butterflies when they return 🙂

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  • 10. Veda  |  Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Beautiful. Our house is in a new sub-division and I haven’t done anything about adding any flowers. Getting settled was enough this spring. Inspiration for next spring!

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    • 11. Era  |  Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 1:11 pm

      Yeah, I’ve started thinking about spring planting too.

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  • 12. Dennis the Vizsla  |  Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Wow, that thing really got blasted by the frost! That happened to a number of our plants out here in San Diego a few years back. Some recovered, some didn’t.

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    • 13. Era  |  Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 1:12 pm

      I guess I’ll be replacing plants come Spring.

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  • 14. Doraz  |  Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Is it too late to join them on that cruise? Let’s go Era! 🙂

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    • 15. Era  |  Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 8:17 am

      I’m right there with you 🙂

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  • 16. Jaymie  |  Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Beautiful! Worth the wait!

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    • 17. Era  |  Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 12:56 am

      Thank you

      Reply

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