Chain of Events

I was walking along the back side of my moon garden when

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this male dun skipper landed nearby and allowed me to creep closer for pictures.

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A cabbage white butterfly landed in the middle of a mint, and posed for me to take its picture too.

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And then a question mark butterfly landed close enough that I didn’t have to move to take its picture.

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The narrow tails and the small silver question mark on its hindwing identify it. The comma butterfly has wider tails, a comma on its hindwings, and its wings have a more jagged edge.

I was stooped down taking more pictures of butterfly above… when…

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this dragonfly landed right in front of me. It surprised me, especially with such vivid colors. A little research turned up what I saw. The vivid colors occur on the dragonflies (imago) when they emerge.

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The colors then turn darker as they dry.

This was the first imago I’ve  seen through all my years and years of nature study. Needless to say, I was so  excited.

 

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8 responses to this post.

  1. A first sighting like that must make all the looking worthwhile.

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  2. I love the beauty of butterflies but I my humble opinion there isn’t an insect more fascinating than a dragonfly!

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  3. I love it when nature seems to throw itself at you and things turn up right and left. It doesn’t happen often!

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