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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Butterflies, not Bees

In a meadow near the Hambidge Center in North Georgia, I walked a trail where I saw lots of butterflies, but only two bees - one on goldenrod and the other on Joe Pye weed. I decided to take pictures of the butterflies because they were so delicate and beautiful.
(And of course, I took a picture of the bee on the goldenrod!)

This one is probably a yellow tiger swallowtail, at least from pictures on the Internet.

The picture below is probably a meadow fritillary butterfly (what do I know?) but I thought it was pretty anyway, in the fall colors!

This beautiful blue and black butterfly was the prettiest of all and the most difficult to catch in a picture. Here it is on Joe Pye weed. It may be a female Diana butterfly.

Anyway with no bees, I thought I'd share these.

And below is the lone bee on goldenrod!

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  1. I know what you mean about getting a photo of the blue butterfly. I have tried too, but if you get too close they flitter away. Nice photos.

  2. Nice pictures,nice greetings from Germany.

  3. Pretty pictures. I love Joe Pye so much that I intentionally grow it all over my yard. It must be wonderful to suddenly come across it in the wild.

  4. Joe Pye weed is all over Georgia....so we don't come across it in the wild suddenly - it's everywhere, it's everywhere! ;-)

  5. Anonymous10:41 PM

    Greetings from Asheville...You always have such great pictures throughout your blog, but these of the butterflies are particularly wonderful!

    Sharon M.


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