Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Last Friday I witnessed a sight I had never seen. As a result of the warmer than usual winter and spring, the insect population has been and will continue to be on the rise this summer. Fortunately, along with the tick and other biting pests, the butterfly population has exploited. Thousands of Red Admiral butterflies hatched and had taken flight. The sky was full of fluttering. I, however, was at work and could only witness this through the windows. I suppose I could have run outside for a moment or two but, wouldn't you know, I did not have my camera with me. By the time my shift was over I find not a one Admiral in the air. Having off yesterday, I drove to the local butterfly garden to see if they had taken up residence there. I did see a few but not many. This monarch catch my attention and was having a grand time flitting among the milkweed and thistle.

5 comments:

simplelifeattheshore said...

The sightings of the Admiral butterflies at this time of year were amazing. Like the way you isolated the colors from the background. Glad you found one!

Antonette said...

Beautiful.

Kimberly said...

Oh, you know how I love butterflies! Especially Monarchs. We spotted our first Monarch on Sunday. We're hoping to raise a bunch again this summer.

I don't know that I've ever seen a Red Admiral. I hope you are able to photograph one so I can see what they are.

Ivanhoe said...

Butterflies are so pretty and so hard to photograph. Hoping to get a "drunk" one sleeping it off next week (long weekend in country) so I can catch some nice pics :)

snapshots2011 said...

Was that not the craziest sight? I couldn't even walk outside without getting hit by many of them! I too only got a quick shot of one of them-- they were spastic!