Wednesday, July 6, 2016

My Newest Butterfly

I have to admit right off the bat that I've decided that I'm too lazy to keep searching for the identification of this butterfly. I searched for about thirty minutes with no luck and I'm giving up. The worst thing is that I've seen this type of butterfly many times before and I know that it's very common.

But who really cares anyway. The real thing is that I have pictures of a butterfly today. This plant was just swarming with them until I got kind of close. This one was the only butterfly willing to come back for me. It did good. Now it's famous. I'll call him Benny.

Here you can see Benny Butterfly just sitting there on the strange and possibly alien plant helping the plant plot to take over the world. I'll bet you didn't know that about butterflies. They don't start out evil. But when they get together with these evil alien pod plants they become evil super villains. I guess we can all be glad they're only butterflies. Right?

Now isn't that last little paragraph better than a boring old examination into the type of butterfly and plant we're looking at? You can find all that stuff just about anywhere else. You can always go to Wikipedia if you miss it. Well, if you really want it I'll give you just a little bit. Kind of. Not really.

Here above is a better look at the plant the butterfly is on. It's a kind of milkweed plant. These milkweeds are scattered all over the area. I have several pictures of them. The different kinds of milkweed make up a favorite kind of plant of mine. I may do a post about this particular type in the near future. We'll see.

Alright, I couldn't resist, so I looked a little more for the identity. I'm probably completely wrong, and I don't care, but it looks similar to a Spangled Fritillary. That particular type was the first one I saw when I searched for "Iowa butterflies". Maybe I'm a winner. If not, then ehh.

The one thing I can tell you for sure is that butterflies are special little creatures. So now that I presented a butterfly to you, how can I top it in my next post? I don't know. (Actually I do know), So you'll have to read my next post to find out what is better than a butterfly. I'll talk to you later.


  1. quicker to use a field guide and have it in 5 min. lovely shot

  2. Absolutely beautiful photos, Ratty, and the butterfly is gorgeous!

  3. beautiful images!! i checked my guide, it could be a variegated fritillary but same thing, it is not exact!!!

  4. Lovely butterfly! It looks a little like a painted lady.

  5. What a pretty butterfly! I have no idea what kind it is, but I've heard from other cats that butterflies taste like chicken cotton candy.

  6. I could never identify a butterfly other than a monarch. I guess I've never really cared what kind they were only that they were there. This is a pretty one

  7. Milkweed = monarch butterflies too. Monarchs lay their eggs on the underneath of the milkweed leaves. Lift up the leaves and look for a little white dot--that is the egg!

    Love your little butterfly today. Whatever she is...she is lovely. GREAT photos too!

  8. What a gorgeous little thing! You're right! He doesn't look evil at all.