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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Limenitis Arthemis Astyanax


Better know as the Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly!
Although, I think he looks blue!
He was flying around my backyard!
And the best part of this photo shoot was that right after I
snapped this photo, he flew over and sat on my shoulder!
I talked to him for a minute and he was very content to stay,
until I turned the camera around to take his picture there.
Then he flew off for the flowers again!

78 comments:

  1. Very pretty! I love that he sat on your shoulder even if you didn't get a picture.

    On Monday morning of our vacation there were 2 "gifts" outside the door, a beautiful green Luna moth and a giant Cecropia moth, one on either side of the door. Totally awesome!

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    1. I loved that he sat on my shoulder, too! Made me feel kind of special! ha. Now, those two moths...I've never seen either of them in person. Wow...that would be so neat! Did you get photos?

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    2. Yes, I did take photos. I will post them soon.

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    3. Oh fun! Can't wait! Both of the Marthas are snapping photos of moths. :)

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    4. The Lunas are intriguing and beautiful! So neat that you got to see one! They are often hard to spot when they sit on plants. Lucky you!

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    5. I want a Luna! I want a Luna! lol.....

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  2. He is a beauty! I agree that he looks blue.

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    1. Even the butterfly identification site I used had it under the blue ones! :)

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  3. I'm not sure I have ever seen this one before...very attractive...and yes, it looks blue
    Saw a few Monarchs this weekend...
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your evening...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Monarchs...nice! I love them! Haven't seen too many in recent years...and none so far this summer!

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    2. really???
      our cottage is on their migration route...so, in the Fall it gets pretty crazy out there...

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    3. I guess Cedarville, Ohio isn't one of their scheduled pit stops. lol....

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  4. Beautiful! So neat that he sat on your shoulder :) I snapped a photo of a pretty orange moth on the laundry hanging on the line today.One I had never seen before.

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    1. Did you find out it's name? There are some fun, easy-to-use identification sites online. It's fun to see some new ones!

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    2. No haven't taken time for it yet but I want to. I thought of you when I saw it. Remembered that you post pics of winged critters like that now and then :)

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    3. Yeah, this one had a happier ending. landing on my shoulder is much better than watching Marmalade swallow him! lol....

      Is it hot enough for you? Some people around us don't have power. I'm so thankful that we do.
      Our next door neighbor lost a huge tree in the storms last evening!

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    4. Yes it's quite warm here. So thankful for AC!! No storms here, though we need rain! I keep watering the new grass in hopes it will survive. My sister in law lives in Antrim, Ohio (near Zanesville) they were told they probably won't get the power back on till Friday! Yikes! Glad you guys still have yours on!

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    5. Oh, I know. So very thankful for a/c. Oh my. We needed rain, too...still could use some more. It's very dry! Our whole yard is brown and crunchy. No power til Friday? Oh, that's awful.

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    6. Brown and Crunchy?! Wow! We're not quite that dry. Here and there is a cornfield with spikey corn but the yards are still green.

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    7. yeah, I hate brown crunchy grass! We could use a week of rain! I think the heat just advanced the seriousness of it.

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  5. Wow I thought you caught some weird disease
    Worse than fleas on knees hahaha
    Then I though it was a bird
    That name is just absurd
    For a butterfly
    That if the cat were to spy
    He would eat
    Like a tasty treat
    Nice to look at though
    Hopefully avoided the cats at your show

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    1. If we only knew Latin
      those names wouldn't be so strat'n
      lol.
      Oh, my cats would love him for dessert
      or maybe an appetizer, with a burp.
      hahaha.

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    2. Yeah let's get on that
      And then I'll be a latin speaking cat
      That would surely confuse
      And more would say strat and abuse haha

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    3. If you learned Latin, you could be a doctor, too!
      and make more buckaroos!
      or loonies and toonies, as you say
      up there in the nova scotia bay.
      lol....

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    1. I know...so fun! Wish I got that photo, though!

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  7. This is the more beauty time to butterflies this s amazing!
    And you are lucky than can take the shot Betsy lol

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    1. He posed very nicely, didn't he? :)

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    2. And is nice you can take the picture, here in sp<ring I always see butterflies but is so diffiuclt take a shot!

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    3. Yes, you kind of have to wait until they land and then take it quickly! I took a few that were blurry because he was moving! ha.

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    4. I have to try for spring maybe!

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  8. This is probably not going to come to a shock to you, but I'm petrified of butterflies!!! I admire your ability to speak to them though ;) lol

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    1. Jax you dont like butterflies???

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    2. I am not shocked, Jax...in a way, they are kind of like birds! haha. I'm a little creeped out by moths...but not butterflies!

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    3. No, I don't like butterflies!!!! They scare me. They flutter about all beautiful until you get too close, and then they ATTACK!!!

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    4. attack? lol.....I think you're getting butterflies mixed up with creepy men at the gas station! So, you wouldn't have let a butterfly sit on your shoulder! I bet it's a sign of good luck or something! :)

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    5. Jax has problems with strawberriea and butterflies lol

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    6. Betsy I like whe butterflies in my shoulder or my hair. Ha!
      Oh Jax you are soooo funny!
      Strawberries?

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    7. that must mean your hair smells like flowers, Gloria! :)

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  9. WOW! Now that's even better than the tomato photo!

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    1. Why thanks, Silver. You know, he actually looks a lot like your avatar there. Was that you trying not to be recognized? lol....

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    2. Well, it wouldn't be the first disguise I've worn, especially around your place...

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    3. I've found that they work even better than hidden cameras, yeah...

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  10. So beautiful...I have a couple of note cards with butterflies...This looks like one I'd like to paint. Sitting on your shoulder, now that is special, picture or not...that's special!!

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    1. he would make a beautiful painting! I love his coloring. I know..I loved that he sat on my shoulder! So fun!

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    2. Would you mind if I make a copy and try a painting?

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    3. No, of course not! Can't wait to see it!

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  11. Now that's a magic moment :)

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  12. Oh, Betsy, I love the treatment on this photo. Glorious! To have a butterfly whispering in your ear...what fun!

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    1. It was SO neat! I really wish I could have snapped a photo!

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  13. Oh wow!! Oh what a priveledge!! What a beautiful butterfly to visit you! Yay! Take care
    x

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  14. You were chosen. And a most excellent photo.

    I was just thinking about butterflies in my garden and the fact that I haven't seen many. Maybe I need to plant flowers just to attract them.

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    1. Debber I try to stopping by at your blog but I cant. Have problems?

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    2. Can you mail me? And give me please your blog to try:)

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    3. thanks, deb. :)

      gloria...you have to 'register' on deb's sidebar and then sign in each visit before you can comment.
      the sign in link is on her sidebar, too. And for some reason she doesn't update on our blogrolls, so you have to just go visit to see if she has posted something new. Her blog is great...you'll enjoy it!

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    4. Betsy the problem is the page is like dont found:(
      Yes i love debbie blog and she visited me but i cant enter!

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    5. OK...I'll let her handle it then. Maybe she has to send you an invitation. She isn't on blogger..it's something different.

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  15. G.o.r.g.e.o.u.s!!! Lucky lady with a butterfly on your shoulder!! ;)

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  16. This is so beautiful!!! A great shot!

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  17. Such a beautiful butterfly...love the markings. Another great photo.

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    1. really pretty, isn't it? A new one to me, too!

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  18. At first I thought to myself, what on earth is she talking about and if this is some sort of 'new' English. You remember when new math rolled in... it bamboozled most of us.

    Very pretty colours!

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    1. haha,..oh, I know! I'm so glad to be done with biology and all of those crazy names...not that I remember any of them except lepidoptera!

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  19. Hi Gloria. Just call me Deb, please. Or debber, if you prefer. I got your message and I hope that you might re-try to make an account on the blog. We've been having a few technical difficulties for a while now but I believe they've been solved.

    Yes, Betsy that wonderful WARNING message is now gone. Thank u for being the go-between here for Gloria and me.

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    1. Is it? Ok...it was there yesterday when I commented! Glad you got that worked out! :)

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    2. Yes, just this afternoon it got fixed. It was some evil plugin that hinder several things from operating. I'm sure everyone will be glad it's worked out. Sorry for that pain but you were patient and I appreciate that.

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  20. Thanks Deb I will try again:)
    Thanks Betsy. :)

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    1. that coming from you ...Ms. Professional Photographer...is the very best compliment! :)

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  22. This is one of those once in a lifetime shots, absolutely stunning. I rarely see colourful butterflies here, it must be our cold climate.;))
    xoxo

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