This painted lady is hanging on to a cosmos during the final weeks of the flower/butterfly season. A major storm is expected to hit California this weekend, perhaps, ending the season early.
In all this rush to capture a few shots of a monarch, I almost overlooked a painted lady that showed up in the lantana a foot or so from a monarch. I see the lady from May through October while the monarch visits for but a few days each year.
Monarchs returned to the backyard for a second day, this time joining thousands of honey bees working the English ivy. Of course, they also visited the cosmos flowers. But there haven’t been any clusters of monarchs as is the case about five miles north in Pacific Gove.
I waited a full year for monarch butterflies to stop by our backyard in their annual migration to Mexico. Yesterday, I saw the first one celebrate its arrival by dancing on a cosmos flower a few inches from me. Surrounding communities have reported monarch sightings this week. Last year the nearby Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary,Continue reading “Monarch Dancing on a Cosmos”
The underside of a painted lady butterfly has two “owl eyes” on each wing, or at least that’s what I see in this photo.
A few days ago I posted my best attempt to capture a cabbage white in focus. The only issue with the shot was a leaf protruding in the center of the photo–after looking at the post, the leaf became a middle finger. So, yesterday I finally got a focused hand-held photo of a cabbage whiteContinue reading “Cabbage White…DONE!”
Yesterday, I tried to will butterflies other than the cabbage white into our backyard by setting up my camera on a tripod . Strike three on the black! I got nothing but the cabbage white which has always been hard for me to capture because it is small, moves frequently and its white wings goContinue reading “Striking Out…”
September is painted lady month in the backyard, save for 2021 when everything has gone wrong with wildfires and the weather. Got a little too close on this shot taken four years ago to the day. Haven’t seen a single painted lady in over a month, so I thought I’d post an old photo inContinue reading “Too Close…”
I took this shot of a painted lady a year ago and put “her” in photo shop to produce this science fiction motif.