Fields of Joy: Painted Lady Butterflies

Unprecedented numbers of Painted Lady butterflies fluttered about in fields of goldenrods and asters this month. They were everywhere, sometimes two to a flower cluster, presenting ample opportunities for environmental portraits. On more than one occasion they actually photo bombed a monarch shoot!

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Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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8 thoughts on “Fields of Joy: Painted Lady Butterflies

    • Thanks Laura. They disappeared from the fields 24 hours before a cool front arrived…was that a coincidence, or did they know it was coming?!!! In any event, I feel fortunate to have been able to document and share the event.

      • I feel like they must know. The butterflies I see in this garden I go to are only there on the warmer, sunny days. I have no idea where they disappear to on the cooler ones.

  1. I rarely ever find butterflies at rest when the weather takes a turn for the worse but a recent sighting of a monarch shed light on the issue. It was suspended under foliage, with wings folded tightly – in a torpid state. It was virtually invisible to a passing predator like me! Incredible survival strategy.

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