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October 2, 2009

Don’t you just love how the colors on his wings shimmer in the light?



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  1. October 2, 2009 10:58 am

    Wow, what a beautiful close-up of a red-spotted purple! That’s the same butterfly I have featured on Our Little Acre’s Facebook fan page. I think they’re so pretty and love to see them in the garden.

  2. October 2, 2009 11:00 am

    Beautiful capture.

    I believe it is a a Red Spotted Purple — funny, you don’t see red nor purple in the photo, but there are red spots on the reverse of the wings. These butterflies resemble pipevine swallowtails which don’t taste very good, to discourage predators. My best photos of RSPs were taken while the butterfly rested on the dirty dog bed and on the dust of outdoor grill. They’re rarely seen on flowers. One of my favs.

  3. October 2, 2009 11:33 am

    Great shot! I saw one of these in Florida last week and didn’t know what it was, so am interested to have positive identification.

  4. October 2, 2009 12:11 pm

    Oh, that shimmer! Kate, great shot!

  5. October 2, 2009 12:27 pm

    amazing shot. you must have bee delighted taking this picture.

  6. October 2, 2009 12:54 pm

    I love the iridescent blue on the wings. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful photo.

  7. October 2, 2009 1:34 pm

    Hi Kate
    A stunning image!
    And I love the overall design of your blog, Cheers, Alice
    aka Bay Area Tendrils Garden Travel

  8. marydelle permalink
    October 2, 2009 3:02 pm

    What a great photo. the butterfly’s wings are iridescent. Beautiful!

  9. Kate permalink*
    October 3, 2009 12:28 am

    Thank you all for the lovely comments.

    Nell Jean, I know very little about butterfly specifics. I wondered why this one led me on a merry chase around the yard while avoiding the butterfly bush that the others enjoyed. He rested on an azalea leaf, this forsythia leaf, and a patch of dirt, before fluttering away.

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