Friday, August 30, 2019

Red Spotted Purple Butterfly

I love Delicious Orchard
We go there to shop for the food, produce, fruit and other products.
But they do have a garden center outside 
and of course I always wander around there before going inside.
The flowers are always so beautiful and healthy, 
I thought the cone flowers in these colors would be so pretty in my fall garden. 




From a distance, when I first saw this butterfly, I thought it was a black swallowtail.
Good thing I am a "we better be sure" kind of girl 
because as you can see, it isn't!

Imagine my surprise when I realized it was a 
Red Spotted Purple Butterfly


It held it's wings open for long periods of time,
I actually thought it looked prettier with it's wings closed, from the side.



A little worn, torn, and tethered, still it was a thrill to see a butterfly I do not often see.

After shopping I checked back and the butterfly was gone.
Good thing I took the time to take pictures on the way in.

If you follow my blog, you may remember the story about the purple butterfly bush I saw here.
I saw 4 beauties on the way in...I planned to purchase one as I left.
When we came out, all 4 were gone, and I was not happy.

I finally found a similar one but it was just not as nice.
The moral of this very long story...
buy it when you see it and don't wait to take pictures!

18 comments:

  1. Hi Debbie, another lovely tale of when you visit Delicious Orchard. I do remember when you missed out on the butterfly bushes there a while back. Well, it was beaut this time to read that this time you fared better lol :D)
    The coneflowers are gorgeous - with their rich luscious colours. Very healthy too.
    Congratulations on the sighting the Red Spotted Purple Butterfly - definitely a wonderful creature and well done on those photos :D)

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  2. Hello, Debbie! Love your beautiful butterfly images. I remember the story about you missing out on purchasing the butterfly bush. I agree, do not wait to get what you want. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy weekend!

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  3. Beautiful butterfly and GREAT Advice!

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  4. Red-spotted Purple is just about the most common butterfly around here right now and Prometheus Moth at night seems to be fairly common too.

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  5. awwww, you've made my day with these shots.

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  6. Debbie, I love your flowers. I am so happy the butterfly found some good food at your house, so you could get the pictures. I do not know lots about butterflies but I truly love them. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  7. So you did find a purple butterfly! Beautiful photos!

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  8. You and your butterflies...glad they bring you joy and that is good advice.

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  9. Oh their flowers do look gorgeous and what a special treat to have seen that butterfly, you always get such great closeups of butterflies, good thing you went there before doing your shopping :)

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  10. The flowers are gorgeous! The butterfly is a beauty even with the wear and tear!

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  11. Good advice! Your photos are drop dead gorgeous!

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  12. Beautiful butterfly. So glad you were able to take photo's!

    Gorgeous flowers, Debbie. I hope y'all get some of those for Fall.

    xoxo

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  13. I remember you telling about the Butterfly Bush incident.
    "Strike while the iron is hot!"

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  14. I love those Coneflowers. I have never seen them in those colors, but they sure look lovely. Way to go on the butterfly.

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  15. Love the pictures, especially the first one!!--that's stunning! I love wandering around the garden centers etc., or even just the lawn/garden departments of big stores--I love walking around and looking at everything, and taking pictures.

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  16. Love your pictures full of colors! Yours is a tribute to nature.

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  17. Flowers and butterflies look gorgeous in your photographs.
    A joy to see.

    All the best Jan

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  18. I am smiling at your humor. Yes, buy it first and then photograph. However, you got some spectacular photos of that precious butterfly. I love it's colors. Light blue is a diffident favorite of mine. I loved the flowers too.
    Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos today.
    Loving thoughts and hugs for you!

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