|"What you looking at?' asked the Cabbage White butterfly on a lobelia blossom. Blue is their favorite flower color.|
Some of the butterflies a little small, like this lovely blue one. So a butterflier has to enjoy standing still and just calmly looking around, checking for tiny details in color and movement that might be one of your lepitoptera (moth or butterfly.)
I'm very pleased to participate with two websites about butterflies that accept photos and reports of your own sightings. The folks that run the sites also help identify the butterflies. It makes me feel like such a scientist!
North American Butterfly Association
Butterflies and Moths of North America
This site (BAMONA) actually uses a Goggle map app to place the sighting location!
|Checkered White asleep on the rosemary.|
|People always said I was certifiable!|
|Painted Lady on its way to Mexico.|
Here is an indigenous plant that butterflies and bees REALLY love. We call it Rabbit Brush. Here you see the Painted Lady butterfly migrating from the San Bernardino Mountains through my backyard to Mexico for the winter. How many humans envy that!
This little Skipper butterfly reminds me of being a little girl in my Grandma's garden. I will admit to catching them in my hands and then letting them go.
This is my gallery of butterflies--hope to see more in the mountains and oceanside in the coming year. And my home is their home, too. It is a privilege.
|Here is the link to my page at BAMONA for this Swallowtail http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/sighting_details/1052061|