Saturday, May 8, 2010

American Lady Butterfly



Originally I thought this was a Painted Lady Butterfly, however, Eve has corrected me. It's actually an American Lady. That Eve, she's a smart cookie.

It sure was frustrating me. I kept shooting and shooting in hopes it would open it's wings. Finally it turned, opens it's wings, and flew off. Nice. Real nice.

* Btw, has anyone else noticed a lack of Hummingbirds this Spring at feeders? My dad thinks it may be weather related so I did a little research. Turns out the same thing happened in 2005, very few Hummers returned in 2004 due to what is believed to be weather related storms in the Gulf. Any thoughts?



22 comments:

Country Girl said...

It is nice.
I'm not sure if it's a painted lady or not. The orange sure looks it, though. It's those swirls at the ends that have me uncertain.

Nicely done, my friend!

Dog Trot Farm said...

The photo is just magical Sharon. Might it be to early for Hummingbirds in our area? I too have not seen any as of yet. Happy Mother's Day to you. Elise is lovely and I so enjoyed the story of the older couple you befriended.

Kerri said...

I LOVE this ~~ Looks like a Painted Lady to me!
I've only seen 2 hummingbirds so far this year.

Susan said...

Gorgeous shot, Sharon. You should submit it to National Geographic...or at least a butterfly magazine....or somewhere! Sincerely, Susan

Eve said...

Hi Sharon,
Your close, it's an American Lady. Note the two big eye spots on the hind wing. The Painted Lady has four smaller spots! (Don't think I'm so smart...I have to look them up every year!) A beautiful photo. As for the hummingbirds...it is a bit early...hopefully they will show in number soon.

Snappy Di said...

Only one hummer at our feeder at he didn't show up until May 5th. We had a colder winter this year than the 2 prior so not sure if that has had an effect on their return or not. *shrugs* Who knows.

Di
Love the butterfly shot.

A New England Life said...

Thanks Eve! I'll have to let my husband know because he originally thought it was something else.

Actually we usually have male Hummers arriving by the end of April. With the warm weather we've had everything has been early so I figured the Hummingbirds would be too. As I say though, we've barely seen any.

My parents usually have a couple/few by now but they haven't even seen one! My dad is a little miffed by the whole thing.

Glad you all liked the shot! I took it in a cemetery.

Marianne said...

Beautiful photo as usual!

Shirleyanne said...

A sensational photo, patience is a virture they say! It's definitely needed for shots like this! Brilliant!

Phyllis said...

This is beautiful! I just love watching butterflies flit from flower to flower.

Hmmm - I usually only have a couple of hummers each year. I've seen my pair almost every day though. Poor little things; they fly so far!

Crafty Green Poet said...

What a lovely photo! Looks like a Painted Lady to me too, but then I'm in the UK so wouldn't be familiar with American Ladies!

Rural Rambler said...

Sharon the butterfly shot is stunning! The detail and open wings, just awesome :) We have lots of hummers at the feeder and I keep swearing I won't put anymore feeders out. Said that last year and we finished up the season with 5 feeders sometimes filling them up twice each day. Seriously. I Have read that you count the ones you see and multiply by four.

Eve said...

I can't be that smart of a cookie, Sharon, I spelled "you're" wrong! hahahahaha!! You're right about the hummers being earlier where you are. We didn't get them until Mother's Day (today) in northern NY. Happy Mother's day by the way!
If you can believe it we're only a few degrees warmer than you are this morning here in northern Alabama! 47 degrees! I hope the hummers stay warm!

Jayne said...

She's beautiful Sharon! I'd have been searching the butterfliesandmoths site all day to find her...lol!

I've had one little male hummer coming to the feeder, and I had a female try to get stuck in my garage, but the numbers have definitely been down thus far.

Laura said...

This picture needs to be your header, Sharon!

Gayle said...

GREAT photo! Wow.
Hummers are alive, abundant and well in S. CA, they love my lantana.
Happy Mother's Day.
:)

dAwN said...

Beautiful capture!
Strange about the hummingbirds..same here a lack of migrants..I wonder what is going on.

The Curious Cat said...

That is a wonderful photo! I love how close up you managed to get! xxx

momma-lana said...

I am in the upstate of South Carolina and the hummers have returned right on schedule here. I have wondered if they go back to the same place year after year because they know where the feeder is and I know to put it out when I see them looking for it. The kids gave me a new feeder for Mother's Day so It is out there and waiting for them today.

Erica Houskeeper said...

Beautiful colors! Like I mentioned to you yesterday on Twitter, seeing this photo really brightened up a rather dreary weekend.

The Retired One said...

Oh Sharon, that butterfly picture is perfection! Just gorgeous!!!!

Pat said...

Wow - it seems early for butterflies to me! Especially in your neck of the woods! But, nonetheless, it's a beauty with the orange and black colors against the purplish blossoms.