As I’ve mentioned before, my front yard Lantana has become a favorite hangout for the neighborhood butterflies. The most recent flower feaster was this stunning Gulf Fritillary.
These guys have such a cool design – right down to their spotted eyeballs!
The top side of their wings (which you can get a glimpse of in the picture below) is a bright pattern of orange and black, while the underside has a bit of a stained glass window look.
Now, I have to confess, I’m pretty sure the neighbors are about to label me loony, since I’m losing track of the number of times they have seen me semi-reclined in my driveway, melting away in the hot sun, trying to get a ground level photo! But hey, when I download the pictures and see one that leaves me standing in awe of God’s handiwork, it makes the ruined reputation (and the burned bottom) worth it!
This last picture was taken when the Fritillary flew over to the nearby Purple Queen and perched for a moment. I am so hoping that one of my more artistic blogging buddies will paint it!
I wonder what butterfly will show up next!