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Friday, August 15, 2008

Who let the butterflies out?

For some as yet determined reason, we are getting a lot of different varieties of butterflies around here this summer. The more I see, the more I think someone is making an intentional effort to bring them here. Usually, the only butterflies I see coming through the yard are the basic Monarch and what I call the all white little butterfly. In addition to those, this year I've seen the following:

  • All yellow little butterfly; like the little white one, but all yellow
  • A really little pearl colored butterfly (about the size of a dime)
  • Yellow and black Swallowtail - lots of these and they sometimes travel in pairs
  • An almost all black one with just a little orange; maybe a Red Admiral
  • Something brownish that looks like a Golden Banded Skipper, but bigger

Then today, the most super gigantic butterfly I've ever seen. I hesitate to even mention it here lest people think I'm exaggerating. It had a wing span of about five to six inches. It was huge. Amazonian, if you will. It was like the size of my hand. Really. Its body was black. Inside the thick black outline of its wings the color was a solid yellowish orange.

Butterflies make me happy. I really wish I was more up on the names of butterflies. I guess I just never bothered to learn them.

Also, a couple weeks ago, we saw a yellow and brown fuzzy caterpillar traveling across the porch. This could have been a future moth.

Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures. Jerome Prophet did get one, however, which he psychedelisized.

Posted by Marie at August 15, 2008 11:00 PM

Comments

I've got Earwigs and a pair of black widows. I think you're lucky. :)

Posted by: ben at August 16, 2008 12:37 AM

I love butterflies, too. Most of them will pose for a picture. I wonder if those butterfly houses you see at Arts & Crafts shops really work.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at August 16, 2008 1:00 PM

I love butterflies, too. Most of them will pose for a picture. I wonder if those butterfly houses you see at Arts & Crafts shops really work.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at August 16, 2008 1:00 PM

I know several birders who are also butterfly watchers. They have specially designed binoculars that focus at very close range. I like butterflies but I've not gotten into butterfly watching yet. (I also know several birders who are into dragonfly and damselfly watching.)
K-

Posted by: Kem White Author Profile Page at August 16, 2008 4:07 PM

Ben, Good luck.

Rob, I'd like to try something to attract more butterflies.

Kem, we've also had a couple different birds around here this year that we've never seen. One was smaller than a sparrow with a bright yellow breast. The other, also smaller than a sparrow, had a black, white and bright yellow back.

Posted by: at August 17, 2008 6:34 PM