Viewing all entries from Photography Contest 2010: Butterflies, Caterpillars and MothsClick for fullsize picture.
This big moth spent a rainy night in the garage.
Large moth back in the garden.
Monarch butterfly on a cup plant in the garden.
Monarch larvae eating our fennel.
Lantana Bush with visiting butterfly
Hawk Moth (hummingbird moth) at Lantana Bush
The beauty of a butterfly
This butterfly was so beautiful. I couldn't take enough pictures of it.
I love the colors of this shot, and the second butterfly in the background.
A newly hatched Monarch spends time drying its wings
on 12 year old Great Dane, Zenas head
I was lucky to catch this beautiful White Peacock butterfly at rest in focus.
Banded Spinx moth not very camouflaged on my fence.
Monarch caterpillar feeding on milkweed.
A butterfly on Texas thistle outside a ranch in west Texas
A butterfly on Texas thistle in Crockett County, Texas
Moths love lantana too!
Lantana is one of the major attractions for butterflies in my garden!
Yellow Swallowtail enjoys lunch on a Buddleia "Black Knight"
Gray Hairstreak on Autumn Joy Sedum
Painted Lady on Autumn Joy Sedum
Double vision... two Tiger Swallowtails (one behind the other one) feeding in a meadow.
Trying to blend in... A Postman Butterfly trying to match it's surroundings.
Shy Moth Sept 2010
Future Swallowtail - May 2010
I enjoy watching my hummingbirds when they're collecting nectar from the Hollyhocks in my garden. This Swallowtail butterfly seemed to enjoy the blooms too.
While photographing birds in my garden, I noticed this Swallowtail butterfly land on a dahlia bloom.
Mother Monarch should lecture her children on stripping the butterfly weed overnight.
Did you ever wonder what happens to the Monarch caterpiller's skin when it molts? Now you know.
This butterfly landed on my Mom's finger. The camera strap was around her wrist, so I carefully took this picture. We were in Macaw Mountain Copan Honduras.
Tiger Swallowtail on a Lilac bloom.
Silvery Blue Butterfly.
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly perched on an Echinacea bloom.
Long-tailed Skipper, they love the Lantana blooms.
Painted Lady on a purple Coneflower
Butterfly on hanging basket
Monarch on Hydrangea
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Lantana.
Hairstreak on Veronica.
"Caterpiller Helping to Clean the Sawdust off my Tools", Los Gatos, California
Moth drawn to the lamp in the house. Los Gatos, California
One of our Monarch Butterflies that we watched grow and change.
Caught this butterfly at just the right time.
Luna moth caterpillar
Monarch on Phlox
Queen butterfly on a Moonflower bloom.
White Peacock butterfly resting on a blooming Cassia tree.
The "eyes" have it.... A Buckeye butterfly on the Black-eyed Susans.
Last look before my hand raised Giant Swallowtail took flight!
A beautiful Zebra Swallowtail on my butterfly bush in the backyard.
A Luna Moth looking through the screen of the ice cream parlor.
Butterfly enjoying Buddleia asiatica
An interesting contrast of black and white in the Butterfly Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ.
On the field.
May the Monarch butterfly live! Fist year of planting A. tuberosa in my garden.
A newly tagged and released Monarch nectaring on Goldenrod in preparation of the next leg of its migration to Mexico and Central America
Mexican Flame Vine, Orange Glow Vine (Senecio confusus) still blooming in November and the butterflies are enjoying the nectar as they migrate.
This Longwing Butterfly was photographed in July, 2010 at the Cockrell Butterfly Center in Houston, Texas.
This soon-to-be Monarch Butterfly still in its chrysalis stage was photographed in July, 2009 in Missouri City, Texas.
Butterfly on Butterfly bush
A female gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) visiting flowers on a Mexican milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) with the ventral spots glistening gold on the left and silver on the right.
This little guy was attracted to the blue sweater.
Monarch in the woods
Wild Aster and a Monarch butterfly on a country road in Iowa
The Monarchs were feasting on the wildflowers before heading south for the winter.
Tiger Swallowtail, backlit.
Caterpillars on Sunflowers.
Caterpillar on a Firecracker Plant.
Cynthia Vanessa cardui on bougainvillea, My garden, Kibbutz Nirim Israel
Danaus chrysippus on Rosemary
Enjoying the nectar on tall orange zinnia
Gulf Fritterary on orange zinnia.
This is a tiger swallowtail butterfly enjoying our butterfly bushes in New Jersey. We have 6 different butterfly bushes and spend summer afternoons butterfly watching.
A monarch butterfly enjoying our butterfly bushes in New Jersey. There were many other monarchs on this bush at the same time, however this butterfly just kept posing for us.
Tiger Swallotail on a purple Butterfly bush
The common name for this caterpillar is "Virginian Tiger Moth" or "Tiger Moth." It is frequently more tan or yellow and eats weeds or leafy plants.
Buckeye butterfly on Black Knight butterfly bush.
Cute Caterpillar getting ready to become a beautiful butterfly.
Polyphemus moth in my veggie sink.
Florida butterfly flitting over my Vitex
A Monarch Butterfly finds sweet necter on a pink zinna
This butterfly was found resting on the wet grass, probably getting a drink.
The zinnias were a hit with the butterflies and hummingbirds this year.
Hornworms love more than just tomatoes! I disturbed this one munching my Cape Honeysuckle...
In the "Wayne National Forest" summer of 2010
Red spotted Purple on Black Night butterfly bush. Taken in backyard late summer of 2010.
My first Butterfly on my Butterfly bush
A Danaus plexippus caterpillar beginning it's pupation on the leaf of a Butterfly weed. It will become a Monarch Butterfly.
2 Black Swallowtail Butterflies
Eastern Swallowtail on the echinacea.
Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
This is a very healthy Monarch Caterpillar enjoying it's stay on Butterfly Weed. Taken in my Mom's butterfly garden.
This is a close up of a Monarch Caterpillar feasting on Butterfly Weed. Taken in Mom's butterfly garden in Rhode Island.
Close up Monarch caterpillar
Queen butterfly on Eupatorium.
Gulf fritillary on Red Pentas
Saddleback Caterpillar in my yard
Monarch and Purple Zinnia: This is one of my favorite photos that I took during the 2010 butterfly season. We raised and release monarchs and other butterflies during the summer. We also tag the monarchs.
Common Sulphur Butterfly and Zinnia Photo: This little sulphur is taking a deep drink of nectar. We got to raise one of these little guys from an egg for the first time in 2010.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail female and Monarch butterfly nectaring on a Royal Red butterfly bush.
Photo I took at the moment a Monarch butterfly flips out of the chrysalis. It will hang and use stored fluids to expand it's wings, then allow them to harden. Just 10 days earlier it was a caterpillar!
Privet Hawk Moth Caterpillar in a pose reminiscent of the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland.
A clerodendrun is a great butterfly magnet. They seem to love this flower.
Black Swallowtail that I raised inside on fennel and released after emerging from Chrysalis. Enjoying the Garden Phlox
I had placed a brown cardboard in the flowerbed for a background before this photo was taken, I believe it added nice depth to this photo.
A common lime butterfly. Canon powershot 570IS
A plain tiger butterfly. Canon powershot 570IS
cabbage moth at winter window
I found my fennel being eaten by these critters. The all disappeared in one night. I never found a cocoon or chrysalis. Aren't they an incredible color?
A Gulf Frittary butterfly and a passionflower vine
Butterfly and butterfly weed
I knew the little Hummingbird Moths were in this area but this is the first one I'd seen. I was surprised to see it out in the middle of the day but he hung around for quite awhile and I was able to snap several picture of it.
A Luna Moth on a wall. This poor moth looks so beat up, but still has a majestic air to it.
Spicebush and Tiger Swallowtail butterflies congregating on a riverbank.
I caught this beautiful Swallowtail Larva helpfully devouring a weed in my "shrub" garden.
This Garden visitor crawled onto the back of a deck chair to be better viewed - he was invisible in the garden.
Freshly emerged Monarch (Danaus plexippus) nectaring on Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa).
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis).
Orange Tassel Flower and friend!
Just a beautiful picture
Tassel Flowers, Monarchs and Saint Fiacre! Three of my favorite things!
Butterfly 'Great Arctic' sampling Coyote Mint. Photographed along a USFS road just north of Lassen Volcanic National Park (Northern California).
Ring around the rosy -- Monarch cat on milkweed.
A bit of Button Bush is peeking through this Tiger Swallowtail's tattered tail.
A Milbert's Tortoiseshell on my Black Knight Butterfly Bush
This guy showed up one day while we where working in the garden.
hairstreak on Hibiscus
Saw this pretty guy near my barn.
Butterfly in the sky
The underside of an Eastern Swallowtail at my Black Knight Butterfly Bush.
Butterfly 'California Sister'. Photographed in Whiskeytown National Recreational Area (Northern California).
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