July 3, 2015

Why Mom Stopped

Or as I'm going to call this post....'A Total Lack of Wesley!' even though this is MY blog!

How many butterflies can YOU count here?
If you guessed because there were lots of butterflies, you were correct! 

Mom just loves butterflies (she even has a simple tattoo of one on her left shoulder) so anytime she spots any she tends to need to stop and admire it until it flutters away.

Most of the butterflies were of this variety:



Mom thinks, after some researching, that's it's something called a Great Spangled Fritillary, though she's not 100% sure. There are a few different types of butterfly all called that look exceedingly similar and it's making it hard to believe that she is 100% right. 

HA! Like that's possible!

That wasn't the only type there though! There were also a few of these guys:


Now he was much easier to identify - it's called Silver-Spotted Skipper!

The last type of butterfly Mom spotted was this little guy:



This one is called a Cabbage-White, and was the easiest of the butterflies to identify due to just how common (but still very pretty!) they are to the state and general area.

One top of all the pretty butterflies, there were also lots of other types of bugs enjoying the milkweed plants.

There were LOTS of these guys around:



This is an Eastern Milkweed Longhorn BeetleMom though they were kinda creepy-cool, and one of the nifty facts she learned after was this:

As in many longhorn beetles, the antennae are situated very near the eye–in the red milkweed beetle, this adaptation has been carried to an extreme: the antennal base actually bisects the eye.  -Source of Info in Link above 
Kinda creepy-cool, right? And if you look close at the pictures Mom took, you can see that it actually does.


That wasn't the only type of beetle present, there were also these shiny ones:


These are another type of milkweed beetle, called a Colbalt Milkweed Beetle. Mom though that they were really pretty, wearing what seemed to be a rainbow on their bodies.

I had to practically drag Mom away from all the butterflies and beetles, because she just did not want to go! I threatened that I would go get Dad, and he would be most unhappy to find her poking around in the tall grass and weeds where evil things like ticks like to lurk and hide.

...and here she had been worried about keeping ME out of areas like that, and leaving ME at home when they do walks and hikes for just that reason!

((Wes' Mom: When I am not photographing Wesley I tend to be taking pictures of any other little thing I can find. I LOVE macro photography, and have been considering starting a smaller blog of my own to talk of it and show some of it. I don't even think about things like ticks or poison ivy (which I suffered through earlier in the year thanks to spotting some pretty little Lily of the Valley) when I have my camera in hand and something interesting in front of me!))

10 comments:

  1. Wow, we just came from Princess Leah's bloggy and it was about butterflies too! Very nice shots!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  2. Hi there, I came by from Murphy & Stanley's blog~I love poodles and almost got one instead of our Bichon Hunter. I would love a black miniature to keep Hunter company. I love what I've read, but have to say that beetles are not at all my thing. Here in Colorado we have snakes and lots of insects. In the late summer we get Cicadas. Looking forward to getting to know you-in fact I'm going to follow you.
    Have a great 4th.
    Noreen

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  3. Wow! How cool is that. 87 butterflies
    Lily & Edward

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  4. What beautiful shots of the butterflies and the milkweed!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  5. Our mom is the same way with butterflies and other things (dragonflies, beetles) so she found this a very interesting post. We thought the butterflies were pretty but we can only imagine how boring it was for you to sit there watching her take all those pictures. ;-)

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  6. We just came from Princess Leah's blog and she's looking for butterflies, too!

    Are those Japanese Beetles? SHE spent part of HER childhood catching those things and getting them off the plants.....

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  7. Our Mama is the same way with flowers and birdies....Silly Mamas, don't they know it's all about US?? :-)
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  8. Buttie Pillars, woohoo!!!!!! I luffs me a Buttie Pillar. We're off hunting Silver Washed Fritillarys this weekend as well, very pretty
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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