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25 July 2010

Butterfly on Catmint

Framed orange butterfly on purple catmint flower.After a series on sunset lit architecture and a commentary on snakes, I am returning to more flower photos for awhile. Today I want to share with you my latest "Butterfly on Catmint." I am not sure what type of butterfly this is but they are very common in my garden. Do you know?

The flowers are catmint, a member of the Nepeta family that also includes catnip. I no longer have a kitty, but I do know they love to roll around in these plants. The honey bees love catmint too and the plants are always humming with their ceaseless activity. I hope you enjoy my latest!










Orange butterfly on purple catmint flower.
Butterfly on Catmint
An orange butterfly is perched on the top of a stem of vivid purple catmint flowers gathering nectar. I am not sure what type of butterfly this is but they are very common in the foothills of Northern Colorado.
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10 comments:

  1. Purple color - excellent visible.
    Thanks for sharing And I wish I know the name of butterfly.

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  2. Looks like its in the Monarch family- probably a variation of the typical Monarch

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  3. your picture is beautiful. the butterfly is a fritillary (maybe a Coronis fritillary). thanks for sharing the little guy with us. he's adorable. have a great day.

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  4. Very pretty colors! I think I have a photo of the same kind of butterfly in my post today too!

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  5. Naquillity, I believe you are right on the money. I found a link that tells a little more about our butterfly and it sounds just right. Thanks!

    Coronis fritillary

    Thank you everyone for taking a look!

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  6. Now THAT is a beautiful capture.

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  7. So delicate! Simply gorgeous!

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  8. Excellent colors. I love the blur.

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  9. Hi, Julie! I can feel the love just looking at this scene...I really love blue flowers, so rich!!
    Have a holly week and come to see my "backyard girls"!
    Kissessss

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  10. Nice capture of the orange Fritillary!

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