|80 acres: More purple and orange
||[Oct. 9th, 2008|10:25 pm]
Yesterday I went out on foot looking for more monarchs on the gayfeather. I found one, but it wanted to hide on the other side of a gayfeather stalk and offered only a front view, wings folded.
Then I saw another flash of orange:
This is a Gulf Fritillary--actually a Longwing, and not related to the other fritillaries, but in the next pictures you'll see why it's called a fritillary--it has silvery spots on the underside of the wings, especially the hind wing.
Its body is striped in butterscotch and white, and the eyes are yellow-gold.
If you can't get monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries are a good substitute.
The day also produced some interesting bees (not honeybees) buzzing loudly around the gayfeather, and sighting of the smallish red-eared slider in the lily pond--actually got a picture of it, too.