And wouldn’t that be a great band name..
I love to plant zinnias. They’re beautiful, they’re easy and best of all they attract these beauties.
A white garden butterfly, some call it a cabbage butterfly. They are so fast!
Another speedy one, a Silver Spotted skipper which is a pretty fancy and deceptive name. I would say that that spot is white but who am I to rain on someone’s parade.
Another kind of skipper, it’s either a Sachem Skipper or a Zabulon Skipper, I don’t know enough about them to tell the difference but both are super fast and surprisingly cuddly looking.
My, what big eyes you have…
An American Lady Butterfly, what a beauty. She’s a subtle one but stunning nevertheless.
It was a big difficult to take a photo of this Red Spotted Purple Admiral. As you can see her wing is damaged and she was quite rightly spooked. They mimic the Pipevine Swallowtail which are poisonous but someone grabbed her. She still flew quite well though.
This is not on a zinnia, this is a hummingbird hawk moth on a lilac. The colors on this one were so cool and again very cuddly looking. Maybe that is why they are all so fast, everyone would hug them to bits if they could catch them.
This one is not for hugging, they can bite when annoyed. She’s also not on a zinnia but such a beautiful color and she looks so wise, I think that’s known as the Jiminy Cricket effect.
Please don’t spray! And please watch out for caterpillars and worms, many of the creepiest and ugly turn into these beauties.
©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2019