Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beautiful visitor, beyond the begonias and identity

- Discovering this beautiful butterfly hanging out by my front door at the condos when I got home from my walk with friends on Saturday morning.  I went inside to get my camera and thought it would be gone when I got back.

- But no, it stayed and hung out for a while.  Just needing a bit of rest, I guess.  It was a peaceful few moments and I thanked it for dropping by before leaving it be.  I checked again about 10 minutes later (quietly opening the door and peeking out) and it was gone.

- I Googled and found what kind of butterfly he or she is:  Red-Spotted Purple
"The Red-Spotted Purple is not a swallowtail, but a brush-foot, and is black with blue or blue-screen scaling. At first glance it can be mistaken for a swallowtail, but it has no tails.  Orange or red marks are seen on the tips of the wings."

A Saturday morning gift, I think that was.  :)

12 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Oh my. What a wonderful gift.

Chatty Crone said...

What a gorgeous butterfly - I have never seen one like that!

Joanne said...

That is such a gorgeous butterfly! Certainly one of the prettiest I've seen.

ladyfi said...

Wow - stunning visitor!

G. B. Miller said...

Excellent way to start off a weekend. Exceptionally beautiful.

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Granny Annie said...

What a very thoughtful gift of photographs your butterfly gave you.

Scarlet said...

You capture nature beautifully. Love the colors on that butterfly!

Lee said...

What a beautiful butterfly...he/she proves there is still beauty in this mayhem of a world of today.

Riot Kitty said...

That is so gorgeous!

Sara said...

I'm going backwards. WOW. The picture of Red Spotted Purple is stunning!!!

As I've often tried to catch butterfly pictures, I know exactly how difficult it can be to capture one with his/her wings open like this. Well done!

It was a nice Saturday gift.

Sparkling Red said...

I love butterfly season. I saw a lone monarch fluttering around downtown last week. That little scrap of orange against the blue sky was a tonic in contrast to all the grey concrete.

LL Cool Joe said...

Wow I love the close up shot you took, I've never managed to get a good photo of a butterfly. What a striking colour too.