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. 🙂