Monday, September 28, 2009

The Gulf Fritillary

Butterflies are science.

I chased this little fritillary around the backyard for a while before she got comfortable enough with me to let me approach her while she was feeding.

The Gulf Fritillary is common across much of the United States, and even can be found far out over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Here she lighted on this tall stem and her weight pulled it over so she was practically hanging upside-down.

She landed on a variety of flowers in the yard.

You can see the silver-white orbs and streaks below on her wings.