Chain of Events

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


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.


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


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…


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.


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.


8 responses to this post.

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


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


  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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