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Beauty .. in flowers


.. Aster .. Azalea / pink .. Buddleja davidii/Butterfly shrub .. Candy Tuft .. Carolina Primrose [Sundrops] bloom in day-close at night - .. Chives .. Clematis [ Kardynal Wyszynski ] .. Common Pyxie-moss .. Coral Bells .. Cosmos - orange 2016 .. Creeping Phlox .. Crocus .. Daffodils .. Dandelions .. Daisy - Marguerites .. Daylily/orange ( Tawney Lily ) .. Daylily/yellow ( Golden Prize or Gold Dus…  (read more)

Cloudless Sulpher

Cloudless Sulpher {Phoebis sennae} - often called a Common Sulpher -- Kaufman's Field Guide states "flight is often strong and rapid - So true ! Had to wait quite awhile for it to settle long enough to get off some shots - Worth it, though ! 4 PiP - EXPLORE / GALLERY -

- in the Sun -

Cloudless Sulphur butterfly .. usually flit around here and there .. catch a shot when they pause! For a moment .. Mexican Sunflower .. in the Down The Road Garden .. NotMyGarden .. planted yearly by .. Bob-The-Gardener .. Thank you, Sir ~ 1 PiP

Watching ..

A SKIPPER JUST PEEKING OVER THE TOP OF A FLOWER .. AS THOUGH NO BODY CAN SEE HIM .. YET HE CAN SEE US .. A MEXICAN SUNFLOWER AT THE DOWN THE ROAD GARDEN .. NMG - Not My Garden .. A JOYFUL SPOT ON THIS EARTH .. 1 PiP plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/tithonia-rotundifolia

Monarch In Motion ..

- after a very slow year of finding butterflies - on the 29th September 2021 - Down the Road - at NotMyGarden - 3 [ three ] Monarchs were on Mexican Sunflowers - a few Skippers - but what amazed me were the Monarchs - most of North Carolina has had very low counts - regardless of the types of butterflies seen or the are of the State - they will be recorded in this site by years end Butterflies of North Carolina by Harry LeGrand and Tom Howard auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/nbnc/a/accounts.php 5 PiP

Great to see you !

Variegated Fritillary ( Euptoieta claudia ) - 1st of this year -2021- Usually land on a flower and stay put - Enjoying a feast - Not this one - This flutterby went from flower to flower - Sometimes landing - At times - not - Still did my usual 'butterfly hunt mode' - Don't follow them - All of them are faster than us - Observe the flowers they land on - Plant yourself nearby - They return - At times you can get bunches of shots from one butterfly & a flower - Without moving the camera much - My camera has the option of totally turning off any sounds - Though I know of cameras where it can only be turned down - Have always thought the designer of 'not turning off sound' - Didn't know the first thing about butterflies, wading birds, etc. - Shall we hold classes for them ? 3 PiP

Ta-da !

Down The Road - NotMyGarden NMG - Mexican Sunflower Against a Clear North Carolina Sky - BUT, Check The PiPs - Monarch Butterfly - The Same One - The ONLY One - Thank You For BEING There - When I Was There ! 3 PiP

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Sipping Skipper ...

- on a Buddleja - there were 3 colors, but this was the chosen one Down The Road @ NotMyGarden - Best viewed large - .. 2 PiP ..

Swallowtail - Dark (f)

A Dark Swallowtail (f) next door on a Buddleja 4 PiP

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (m)

Wings of beauty are a bit worn .. and ragged .. yet he keeps searching for nectar .. in the Mexican Sunflowers.. to me .. this is more than a photo of a butterfly .. it can be a life-lesson .. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” - Maya Angelou
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