For today's Wednesday Vignette, a feature hosted by Anna at Flutter & Hum, I'm sharing a few of the photos I've captured over the past couple of weeks.
|This is a Marine Blue (Leptotes marina), identified by a few people after I posted an earlier photo. It's very tiny and almost impossible to photograph with its wings open but you can find one photo of it with open wings showing its blue color here. In my garden, Cuphea 'Starfire Pink' is its favorite haunt but I caught it here on Hebe 'Wiri Blush'.|
|I believe this is West Coast Lady (Vanessa anabella), which I first detected last week enjoying a sudden flush of bloom on Callistemon 'Cane's Hybrid'|
|The Zinnias in my cutting garden have been a magnet for both bees and butterflies. This is a Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae).|
|There are 2 Fiery Skippers (Hylephila phyleus) on this Zinnia. I believe the one in the rear is a male attempting to mate. He followed the skipper in front every time she moved from one flower to another.|
|I collected a number of photos of West Coast Lady butterflies but most had their wings at least partially closed and many of those wings were tattered. This one allowed me to get a photograph of her (his?) intact wings fully open.|
|This may or may not be the same butterfly captured in the preceding photo. There were numerous West Coast Ladies flitting around through the Zinnias.|
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