Category Archives: Insects

American Painted Lady on Butterfly Bush

This brilliant purple butterfly bush was attracting a half dozen American Painted Ladies.

American Painted Lady Butterfly
American Painted Lady Butterfly on Butterfly Bush

Depending on the reference they are called or just American Lady.

American Painted Lady Butterfly
American Painted Lady Butterfly on Butterfly Bush

In typical butterfly fashion they were flitting all around the bush.

American Painted Lady Butterfly
American Painted Lady Butterfly on Butterfly Bush

I didn’t get a very good capture of the upper side of the wings, but here’s a glimpse that shows how different the colors and patterns are.

American Painted Lady Butterfly
American Painted Lady Butterfly

May 28, 2021

Dragonfly, Yellowish Abdomen, 2

After photographing the dragonfly for my post Dragonfly, Yellowish Abdomen that was perched on a branch I was surprised to spot a couple on the ground. So much for dragonflies sticking to one behavior!

This was on a short side trail off the mowed grass trail that was strewn with leaves and sticks.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

The dragonfly flew to my other side, nicely perching on a dried seed head of some kind.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Fellow blogger Mike Powell (MichaelQPowell.com/)  thinks my first post was of a juvenile female Great Blue Skimmer. I’ve just bought Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East and am on my way to learning more about the dragonfly and damselfly worlds; at more than 500 pages there is a lot to know.

Cloudless Sulphur on Yellow Cactus Flower

These yellow cactus flowers in full bloom had a few Cloudless Sulphur Butterflies flitting around them.

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Yellow Cactus Flower
Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Yellow Cactus Flower

And they do flit, with speed.

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Yellow Cactus Flower
Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Yellow Cactus Flower

The overgrown vegetation around the cactus kept me from getting a better angle. The possibility of snakes was top of my mind.

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Yellow Cactus Flower
Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly on Yellow Cactus Flower

The flowers on their own were outstanding.

Yellow Cactus Flowers
Yellow Cactus Flowers