Monday, November 12, 2012

Painted Lady and American Lady Butterflies in Purples and Greens


Twenty-twelve was a wonderful year for butterflies here at Flower Hill Farm. 
All over the northeast butterfly enthusiasts were reporting sightings of Painted Ladies 
in numbers never recorded this far north before. 


Painted Lady Vanessa cardui (above)  American Lady  Vanessa virginiensis (below)




Painted Ladies in the butterfly magnet Buddleia. 


Painted Lady nectaring in our native Ironweed also a fabulous butterfly magnet. 


American Lady (above) formerly 'American Painted Lady', has big eyes on the bottom wing. 
Note the smaller four eyes on the Painted Lady's (below) bottom wing. 
Both of these beauties migrate south for the winter.


Certainly there are many other differences for the discerning human eye to determine in identifying these and other butterflies. 
Studying butterflies surely enhances ones ability to truly see the intricate beauties in nature. 


17 comments:

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Carol:
These images are, of course, truly beautiful. But what you have done in this, and previous posts, is to increase all our awarenesses of the the absolute wonder of Nature so that, in so many ways, these butterflies become a vehicle whereby we are drawn to observe the world around us with greater attention to detail and in a new, and previously unseen, light. For this we, and we are certain all of your readers, will be permanently grateful to you.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

How absolutely gorgeous Carol. I occasionally see a Painted Lady here.

unrosetoinviacerreto said...

Bellissime foto e splendidi primi piani.
Io non riesco mai a fotografare bene le farfalle perchè appena metto a fuoco loro volano su un altro fiore.
Un saluto dall' Italia.
Ciao
Loretta

iris said...

Absolument splendide
une beauté parfaite
la nature est belle
à bientôt
edith

FlowerLady said...

Beautiful shots Carol, of wonderful butterflies and lovely blooms. Glad your gardens were graced with them this year.

FlowerLady

Patty said...

I don't see many of the Painted Ladies around my garden but I do see her cousin the Red Admiral. It was a great summer for the Admiral as there many more in my garden then I had ever seen before.

Country Gal said...

Awesome photos ! I got lots of photos of the Painted Lady butterfly's this summer to ! Looking forward to winter photos now , each season gives me a new canvas to photograph ! Have a good day !

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Gorgeous pics, Carol! I don't have a wide variety of butterflies in my area but it makes my heart sing when I see them flitting about the flowers.

Sarah Laurence said...

I always enjoy your butterfly posts. I fear I've often mistaken a Painted Lady for a Monarch. Have you heard of Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver? It's a novel about monarch butterflies. I reviewed it this week and I'm sure you'd love it. I'd be interested in your reaction as a butterfly expert.

Maria said...

They are breathtaking! I like the variety of focal lengths!

Andrea said...

hello Carol, it seems like already long since I come in here, wonder why i don't see your posts in my reader! I have been watching butterflies in our property too, but ours are more plenty last year. I wonder if my timing is just wrong in going home. How are you now? God bless and take care Carol.

Andrea said...

hello Carol, it seems like already long since I come in here, wonder why i don't see your posts in my reader! I have been watching butterflies in our property too, but ours are more plenty last year. I wonder if my timing is just wrong in going home. How are you now? God bless and take care Carol.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Carol:
Our comment, written yesterday, appears to have been lost in the ether. So strange but we do know, from experience, these things happen!

What this post succeeds in doing, as with so much of what you write and show, is to encourage us all to look at Nature in detail and, in so doing, to have a greater appreciation and understanding of the beauty of the world in which we live.

sweetbay said...

I wonder if we have Painted Ladies here, although there are American Ladies (Randy identified them for me). You've really captured their magic and beauty in your pictures.

Gardens-In-The-Sand said...

Yay! Painted ladies and ironweed!
You can't possibly still have all this colour!
The ironweeds finished here last month... but... I still have plenny of American painted ladies... not sure 'bout the reg'lar painted ladies...

Tammie Lee said...

such exquisite beauties!!

sharon said...

however do you tame them??

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