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80 acres: More purple and orange [Oct. 9th, 2008|10:25 pm]
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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. 



[User Picture]From: farmgirl1146
2008-10-10 05:17 am (UTC)
What gorgeous pictures. I have never seen (or heard of) a Gulf Fritillary before. The brown web, which almost looks like intricate roots on a light sky blue field, is beautiful. The gayfeather looks interesting, too. We have none of this in the Pacific Northwest.

Are the bees one of the mason bee varieties?

Thank you for sharing the wonders of your land.
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[User Picture]From: salix_03
2008-10-10 06:07 am (UTC)
Oh wow, what a gorgeous couple of photos!
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From: sunfell
2008-10-10 01:03 pm (UTC)
What beautiful photos. Our state butterfly in Arkansas is the Diana Fritillary- the male and female are different colors.

I like the feline eye marking on the outer hindwing- its visible in two of your photos.

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[User Picture]From: sophielandon
2008-10-10 03:05 pm (UTC)
Quite the season for butterflies. Down in my neck of the woods, about three miles south of St Matthew's in NW Austin, I've seen at least three Giant Swallowtails in the last week; they really love our lantana. And that's just the stuff that catches my eye out the windows.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-10-10 10:06 pm (UTC)
I see one or two giant swallowtails wafting along just about every day, but none of our lantana's blooming, thanks to the drought (ours is out on the land, far from the horse lot, since Mr. Munch, another nickname for the palomino, has a long neck and nearly killed himself eating lantana.)

Today I saw a big white-form sulfur of some kind, nectaring on Maximilian sunflower, a nice fresh Red Admiral in the back yard, monarchs all over the place, and a very worn American Lady...the monarchs and American Lady were nearly all on gayfeather; some monarchs were resting in the woods.
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[User Picture]From: jowake
2008-10-11 02:50 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I don't like the Gulf Fritillary more.
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[User Picture]From: wyld_dandelyon
2008-11-05 07:08 pm (UTC)
very nice butterfly pictures!
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