Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Handsome Stranger

 

As I looked out my front door earlier, I saw this beautiful butterfly stopping by for a little sip of nectar from the plumbagos -- don't know his name.
 

This reminds me that it's about time for the Monarchs to be passing through on their way to Mexico for the winter. Last year, there were hundreds of them resting in our trees for several nights in a row. When they took off, they looked like a flurry of fairies in the twilight -- magical. When they rest and fold their wings, they hide their brilliant gold color and seem to take on the color of the turning leaves in the trees -- which of course makes them even harder to see -- the plan I think ;-). I tried to get pictures of them, but they got nervous and flew away if I got too close. Here are a few of the pictures I did take.


And here's a much better picture -- taken by a real photographer from "National Geographic".


I didn't take this one either, but this is just the way they looked as they flew into the back yard in the evenings -- lovely.

3 comments:

Kj said...

Wow. Amazing. I think the stranger in maybe a swallow tail of somekind. I'm going to search for an answer -- I take my children to a butterfly pavilion attached to the www.nhm.org and I'm sure I've seen it there...

Kj said...

Thanks to a google search, I think it could be a "western yellow-banded swallowtail", maybe a tiger swallow tail but I'm leaning towards the western...

Gigi said...

Hi KJ,
Thanks for going to the trouble of looking him up! I just love butterflies -- one of God's beautiful gifts to us I think. Just seeing one (or hundreds!) can lift your spirits, can't it?
Georganna

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