Pulling, Pruning, and Picture Taking

I took a couple of hours yesterday to pull up a mob of canna lilies that were determined to take over the front yard flower bed and to prune the butterfly bush and the zinia garden. Then, today, as if to say “thank you,” a gorgeous Zebra Longwing arrived and was in no particular hurry to leave.

Zebras are not frequent visitors to my front yard, so I was thrilled to get to spend some time taking his picture.

Looking at him, it’s easy to see why he is in the Longwing family.

This one took his time flitting from flower…

…to flower…

…to flower…

…to flower.

Occasionally, he would even add a little greenery to his diet. Unlike most butterflies, which are primarily nectar nippers, Zebras also partake of pollen. Perhaps this is why they live about 6 times longer than the average butterfly.

I always like when I manage to catch one in flight – which I must confess is more accidental than skillful!

I love the hidden splash of magenta on the underside of his wings.

Hanging out with him was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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6 Responses to Pulling, Pruning, and Picture Taking

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Amazing zebra markings and absolutely gorgeous!

  2. Nancy Doremus says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful!

  3. Andrea Jones says:

    Beautiful sequence of a butterfly I havem’t seen before. Thanks so much!

  4. dawnkinster says:

    He is beautiful! And really great images!!

  5. dawnkinster says:

    He is beautiful! And really great images! I’ve never seen one before.

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