From Faded to Fluorescent

The American Painted Lady is a frequent visitor to the front yard butterfly bush.

A bit more muted than most, this butterfly is often mistaken for a moth, especially with its furry body.

One way to tell that it is actually a butterfly is that its antennae have small balls (or clubs) on the ends rather than being feathery-edged.  Also, this creature of subtler beauty is diurnal – one of those sciency type words that means active in the daytime; moths, on the other hand, tend to be more active at night.

Don’t you just love the eye spots on the wings?  In my mind, this is a stroke of creative genius, as it lures predators to nip at the less essential areas of the body.

Despite not being as vibrant as other butterflies, I still find them quite lovely.

As I stood and watched this Painted Lady flutter about, I glanced over to the Zinnias and was nearly blinded by the brilliant colors of a Gulf Fritillary.

The sun was truly highlighting this beauties bright colors.

I tried to get a picture of him in flight, but he was to darty for me to keep up with.

I know I’ve said it before, but I find the patterns on this butterfly absolutely amazing.

I figure it’s a good day when you get faded and fluorescent in the same photo shoot. 🙂

10 thoughts on “From Faded to Fluorescent

  1. Those Gulf Fritillary photos are blinding! Lol! Wonderful pics!
    We have the Painted Ladies here in NM but not the fritillary. I’ve only seen them in person a couple times on trips to Texas and they are a stunning butterfly. Lucky you!

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