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Orange on yellow

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As I discovered when I wandered along the south bank of the Colorado River at Loop 360 on the morning of September 24, it wasn’t only dewdrops and a yellow sac spider that had descended on camphorweed, Heterotheca subaxillaris: there was also a gulf fritillary, Agraulis vanillae. Although the trailing edges of the butterfly’s wings were conspicuously the worse for wear, it had no trouble flying away when my camera eventually disturbed it.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 7, 2012 at 6:06 AM

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  1. How nice of it to pose so nicely for you before it flew away :). Very beautiful!


    October 7, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    • I think the butterfly was still cool from the night and was warming up in the morning sun. Without the close presence of my camera it might have stayed in place longer.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 7, 2012 at 8:21 AM

  2. Two weeks ago, the butterfly garden at Anahuac Wildlife Refuge was filled with medium orange butterflies I couldn’t identify. I think this would have been a reasonable choice – time for a butterfly book!

    Your post reminds me of my Great-Aunt Rilla, who was much given to malapropisms (House of the Seven Grables, fig newton of the imagination). She’d caution children not to “frittle their time away”. 😉


    October 7, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    • You may want to get a copy of Tveten and Tveten’s Butterflies of Houston and Southeast Texas.

      If we changed the name of the butterfly in the way of your great aunt, we could call it a gulf fritirrary. That rhymes with literary, which it’s not. In any case, I guess I shouldn’t frittle away my time on speculations like that.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 7, 2012 at 8:28 AM

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    October 7, 2012 at 8:12 AM

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