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Butterflies: Butterfly Facts and Butterfly Pictures

Updated on March 21, 2015
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What better way to preserve our memories than photographs? Mary loves taking pictures and sharing them along with her knowledge about them.

Butterfly on butterfly bush

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on a lilac.  The Eastern Tiger is found all over the U.S. and Canada.
An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on a lilac. The Eastern Tiger is found all over the U.S. and Canada. | Source

I really think most people would agree that butterflies are one of the most beautiful creatures we share this planet with. They are delicate, colorful, quiet and totally unobtrusive! Have you ever heard anyone complain about having butterflies in their yard or have you ever wanted to chase them away from your flowers? They are really just wonderful by just being. Of course having butterflies in your stomach is a whole different matter.

Although they are related to moths we don't usually think of them together. Moths, unlike butterflies, can be intrusive and annoying and while butterflies fly around during the day, moths usually fly around at night. Moths are not as bright in color as butterflies and their cocoons are usually found on the ground.

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More butterfly facts

  • Size...from 1/2" to 12-1/2"
  • The largest butterfly is the Queen Alexandra Birdwing which has a wingspan of 12-1/2"
  • Different species of butterflies can fly at different speeds; from 5 mph to 30 mph
  • Butterflies can't fly when their body temperature is below 86 degrees
  • Butterflies are cold blooded
  • Wasps eat butterflies
  • Some butterflies are poisonous to other animals - like the Monarch
  • Mexico, Africa and Southeast Asia are the few countries that find butterflies to be a great appetizer or dessert. (TheButterflysite.com)
  • The Atlas Moth has a wingspan of one foot
  • The smallest butterfly has a wingspan of .62 inches (1.5 cm)

Butterfly Facts

Out of curiosity I looked up how many different kinds of butterflies can be found here in Ulster County (where I live of course) and the number is approximately ninety-five. I had no idea! Worldwide there are over 17,500 species of butterflies! The only continent that doesn't have butterflies....Antarctica. As beautiful as butterflies are we need to remember they are insects.

Another interesting thing I found out was that some butterflies only live one week while other adult butterflies can live nearly a year!

A "bunch" of butterfly eggs laid by their mother is called a "brood". How exciting to have a brood of butterflies. Hmm, "a brood of butterflies beautifully bouncing in the backyard!"

I'm sure you know that butterflies attach their eggs to the underside of leaves. What I didn't know is they use a substance that is like glue which hardens and contracts. Different species of butterflies choose different plants to lay their eggs on. The 'egg stage' of a butterfly usually lasts a few weeks. Imagine finding a butterfly brood and waiting and watching for them to hatch!

Unbelievably butterflies have five senses and use them to find food, find mates, find places to lay their eggs, and find predators to stay away from. Their senses are sight, touch, hearing, smell, and taste. The sense organs in their feet help them to taste plants and flowers so they know what is good to eat.

According to butterflywebsite.com, "Adult butterflies are highly visual animals, relying on their keen eyesight to locate and identify appropriate mates by looking at and comparing their wing colours and patterns."

In the fall, millions of butterflies in the Eastern United States and Canada begin their yearly journey to Central Mexico. It is hard to believe, but some travel as far as 2,000 miles. Butterflies, obviously, prefer warm weather. Though they are found all over the world, most species are found in tropical rainforests.

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Threats to Butterflies

Like any animals and other insects there are threats to the butterfly population. Just like others, residential, commercial and agricultural development are driving butterflies from their homes and natural habitat. The population of Monarch butterflies in Mexico has been declining due to illegal logging for example. Newly appointed park rangers are trying to protect the winter habitat of the Monarch.

Another threat to butterflies is said to be climate change. Butterflies are immobile at low temperatures. Heavy winds and rains can soak and drown butterflies. It goes without saying that insecticides are also dangerous to butterflies.

Natural enemies of butterflies include birds, small mammals, lizards, snakes and spiders, all of which prey on butterflies.

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Butterfly Gardens

Certain flowers are more attractive to butterflies than others. Let's face it, we like certain foods better than others as well. Different species of butterflies like different foods. If you don't know the species of butterfly that lives in your area and you aren't sure which flowers will attract those butterflies, there are some common plants that will attract most butterflies. Butterflies live on a liquid diet and the nectar found in flowers provides that liquid. Mud puddles provide the water that provides minerals and salts to round out the butterfly's diet.

One of the most popular plants to attract butterflies is, surprise, surprise is the Butterfly Bush. Swallowtails, Pieridae, Hairstreaks, Blues, Brush Foots, Skippers, and probably more, are all attracted to the Butterfly Bush. Milkweed is another popular plant across all species.

I know for a fact butterflies like coneflowers (echinacea). Asters and Blackeyed Susans are other favorites. TheButterflySite.com can help you find the butterflies and plants best suited to your area as not all flowers will do well in all areas.

If you have the right flowers and butterflies frequent your garden you might want to set up a watering hole for them. Butterflies can't swim so you need to make the water accessible but safe for butterflies. I use a shallow dish filled with stones and water. The butterflies can land on the stones and drink the water without getting wet. Another watering place for butterflies as mentioned earlier is a mud puddle. You can make your own just like the dish of water by putting a few stones in a muddy area and keeping it wet.

Butterfly Pictures

All of the pictures here are from my garden...I don't say my butterflies because they don't belong to me. No butterflies were harmed in the taking of these photographs.

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An Eastern Tiger  Swallowtail on a butterfly bush.A cabbage whiteAnother Eastern TigerMonarch butterfly on coneflowerMost likely a Duskywing
An Eastern Tiger  Swallowtail on a butterfly bush.
An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on a butterfly bush. | Source
A cabbage white
A cabbage white | Source
Another Eastern Tiger
Another Eastern Tiger
Monarch butterfly on coneflower
Monarch butterfly on coneflower | Source
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Most likely a Duskywing
Most likely a Duskywing | Source
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I hope you've enjoyed my butterfly hub and pictures. I kept looking at the pictures I had taken and thinking I should do something with them...so...the hub was the answer.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      How really nice of you Au fait! I certainly appreciate your sharing again to reach more readers.

      We still have butterflies around though the temps are reaching 90 this week. Not sure if there is a temp that's too hot for them, maybe too dry. I'll have to look that one up ;)

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Thought I'd come by and have anther look at your lovely photos of butterflies. I think it's too hot for butterflies here in Texas right now. The info here is great for people who want to attract butterflies too. Going to share this as I have a lot of new followers and they may not have seen this excellent article.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I think we are enamored of butterflies Patricia because they are the closest things to angels we can actually see. Thanks for the votes. Hugs.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Excellent excellent....I think I read this when it was first published. But I fall in love with butterflies all over again EVERY time I see one. There is something so uniquely awe inspiring to me about them.

      My friend has quite a butterfly garden which I hope to share about before too long.

      Voted up++++ Angels are headed your way this evening ps

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Yes Theresa you should do something with the pictures. Sharing pictures gives each person that sees them a different perspective. Thanks for coming back to visit.

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What a pleasure to browse your words and all the lovely pictures again. I have been snapping pictures of our verdant green summer foliage and vegetation here in Georgia. I should do something with the pictures. :) Blessings!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      My pleasure Mary!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Thanks Kristen. So glad you enjoyed!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Mary, this was an awesome and beautiful hub. I love butterflies and these photos of yours. Voted up!!!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Lady E their resemblence is definitely visible! Thank YOU for reading.

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      Elena 2 years ago from London, UK

      Beautiful Hub. I truly believe that Butterflies signify Angels.

      ~Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Thanks unknown.

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      IAmForbidden 2 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Beautiful creatures....

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I didn't know about the controversy of butterfly vs moth. I wonder who is right. Interesting. Thanks for stopping by Michael.

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      molometer 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lovely hub and beautiful photos Mary, the video has caused quite a stir on YouTube lol everyone getting excited about whether it's a moth or a butterfly.

      You know, some people can get worked up, about anything.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Thank you insectcollector6, I made the corrections. (Somehow I missed your comment.)

      So glad you enjoyed my facts Aufait and shared it on your Pinterest Board. I didn't know we were supposed to turn into butterflies, but what better way to end up than as a beautiful butterfly!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Thought I knew all about butterflies, but I believe I learned a couple of things here. You have some beautiful photos. I've pinned this to my 'Butterflies and Other Insects' board.

      Aren't we all supposed to turn into butterflies? This life is where we develop into loving, caring, compassionate beings, and next comes eternal life as a butterfly -- or a beautiful being, assuming we don't get gobbled up by something (hate, selfishness, greed, heartlessness) that will devour loving compassionate beings if only it gets an opportunity.

      Voted up and BAUI. Contains great advice for cultivating a butterfly colony as well as other interesting and useful info.

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      insectcollector6 3 years ago

      All of your mystery swallowtails are eastern tigers, Papilio glaucus. Also, the biggest butterfly is 12 inches, not 18

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Sounds like you and I are on the same page JPSO!

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Certainly a very nice hub. I love butterflies, they are very delicate creatures indeed. I also love taking pictures of them.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I can't imagine not seeing butterflies and really never thought about it till you said it Dirt Farmer. Glad you enjoyed!

      I would love to see your butterflies. We don't get much variety here in the north. Thank you for the votes and especially for the pin!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Beautiful photos! We have quite a few butterflies that visit our garden almost on a daily basis and pretty much year round. I had no idea that some of them can live up to a year! Many up votes and I am going to pin this to my Butterflies and Insects board.

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      A brood? Who would have thought it!? Lovely photos & really cool facts. I feel sad for Antarctica now. (: --Jill

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Eddy. Always so nice to see you here and I do appreciate your kind words.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So well presented and interesting.

      Voting up Mary.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thank you starstream. I think it is so popular because of everyone's love of butterflies. They are so beautiful and fascinating. I'll be looking for your hub later in the day.

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      Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

      It looks like you have a very popular hub here. I think your butterfly photo is great! In fact it reminds me of my painting project which is such an inspiration because of all the butterfly colors!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thank you Stephanie. They truly are the most amazing little creatures that inspire awe in everyone!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Someone once said that butterflies are like flying flowers. They certainly add beauty and joy to a landscape as you show in your photographs. I love your photographs...they make me want to paint butterflies and flowers! Beautiful hub, voted up and shared!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      They are amazing aren't they Michelle? Glad you enjoyed!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Captured pics of some pretty ones at the zoo recently! Thanks for sharing this with us, Mary!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Epi, not only are you a marvelous poet and wit but such a flatterer and joy to know. Thank you for your generosity my friend. Love to Tiffy and Gabriel.

      Thank you so much for visiting and sharing Miss Vicki. It is always such a pleasure to see you here.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hello Mary, pleased to visit your butterfly Hub. Even as I child I was very involved with them, and have memories of running through fields collecting specimens with my brother in South Africa. I have never eaten one though! They are very beautiful creatures and make you realise that there must be a Higher Power in our lives, because no human could have devised them, any more than a human could devise the beauty of a flower. I was glad to have my dear friend Epi send me over to visit your lovely work.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well my Mary of most marvelous you can be my butterfly anytime - and what a veritable feast for the eyes and our beautiful souls for those of us who love mother nature and a force of nature herself - Mary.

      I will share and post with enthusiasm and pride your lovely and definitive hub presentation to my Facebook page for the world to see and send my buddy over Miss Vicki too.

      Sending to you our warmest sincere wishes with last cup of coffee for the day and the last strains of the viola da gamba on the cd from lake erie time canada 10:44am courtesy of Colin , Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Audrey, I guess everyone loves butterflies. Glad you enjoyed.

      Dghbrh, thanks for the compliments, share, and votes.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Awesome hub like awesome butterflies.

      Shared and votes +++++++++++++

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I so enjoyed this--I love butterflies!!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      That's amazing pstraubie, you must have great soil. I think everyone stops to look at a butterfly. Thanks for the pin, share and vote but most of all thanks for the angel...hope one is on your shoulder.

      Thank you Rose for the lovely compliment and vote.

      I was hoping I could flesh out a hub using my photos...so glad you liked it. Thanks so much for the votes.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Oh, tillsontitan, I love this hub. What a great idea to use your pics for this well-written and informative hub. Your pics are beautiful. The facts are very interesting. This was educational and visually appealing. Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Such a wonderful article! I love butterflies and I agree that they are one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet. I thought your images were beautiful. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Love love love butterflies...I often leave my shoes on the carport when I come inside in an effort to leave more soil outside than inside. Today when I went out a gorgeous black and yellow butterfly was attempting to suckle on my shoe...how cool was that. I did not want to disturb it.

      Butterflies are on of the most magical of all creatures I think. I have always been fascinated by them. My baby grandson stops whatever he is doing when one flits by and he is off to explore with it.

      Thank you for all of this information.

      Pinned and shared and voted up....Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Hope you can start a butterfly garden vibesites.

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      vibesites 5 years ago from United States

      Very informative hub and awesome pics you have! I wish I do have a butterfly garden of my own. Voted up and beautiful. :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Jason, nature offers us unlimited beauty in every season. Glad I could make your day easier.

      So much to learn Jools.

      Only too happy to teach you something new ;)

      True TechTrendy, I had to run around the backyard for a while waiting to get the right shot. Happy you enjoyed!

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      TechTrendy 5 years ago

      Hey Mary, Fantastic shots on the butterflies! I know how tricky it can be to chase them down for that one good shot. This hub is a nice change from what I typically read and was well worth taking the time! Voted Up.

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      SkeetyD 5 years ago from Barbados

      Packed with information. A very well written hub. Thank you for teaching me something new

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Mary, loads of info her and imagine finding out that 95 species lived just in your area! Great photos too, really brought this hub to life. Lovely!

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      Caleb 5 years ago from Wichita, KS

      I love seeing beautiful things of nature. It makes my day at work that much easier. Thanks for the great article and keep up with the great work. I appreciate it greatly.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks unknown spy.

      I'm afraid butterfly season is over here, but you never know about next year Askme!

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      Pritchard 5 years ago

      More butterflies please! The World needs more things of beauty like butterflies. Is there anyone who is not in awe of a butterfly?

      What a unique hub. Voted up and beautiful. Thank you for writing this!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Very pretty butterflies!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Oh frogyfish I would be honored to have you link to my hub! I never knew about the difference between a male and female butterfly, thanks for the info!

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      What a lovely and interesting hub. I would like to link yours to one of mine if that is ok. I did not know the eggs were called a 'brood'. You have some lovely butterfly pictures and informative information! I think your last picture of that Monarch shows it is a female. Something I learned at a recent Butterfly Festival - a male Monarch has two tiny elongated spots on the lower wing lines. Maybe?

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Cassy I would imagine you've got some beautiful pictures...I'm with you ...they amaze me too. They are so delicate yet they survive in a cruel world.

      innerspin, you are welcome. I love taking pictures of beautiful things.

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      innerspin 5 years ago from uk

      Lovely! Your pictures are great, I'm glad you decided to use them and create such an interesting hub. I never thought about butterflies being able to hear. Thanks for the hub.

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Butterflies amaze me. How they are so many incredible colors and not two are identical. I love trying to get pictures of them. Whenever we go to somewhere new I always try to find if they have a butterfly pavalion. My kids love them as much as I do :) Excellent hub! Voted up and shared :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you kind sir. I am definitely not the person to talk to about any kind of bees, I'm scared to death of them and ergo do not like them.

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful Butterflies and fabulous pictures.

      Very interesting and detailed hub on these wonderful creatures. Never knew they were cold blooded.

      Those pesky wasps. I often wonder what the point of wasps ,is?

      Voted up interesting useful and beautiful. Tweeting.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you Alecia. It really makes you wonder where we're headed with so many animals, insects, etc. endangered. We can only hope we can preserve them.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      This is a very lovely and well done hub! There is nothing like a beautiful butterfly resting on a flower to remind you of the beauty of spring.

      It is sad to know they are endangered due to logging in Mexico but I hope something's being done to preserve them.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      HBN thanks for reading. Glad you liked my photos and appreciate the votes!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      This hub was filled with so many fascinating facts that I didn't know about butterflies and the photos were grogeous!

      Am voting it up across the board, except for funny, and sharing.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      So glad you enjoyed Theresa...I definitely enjoyed taking the photos!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      tillson -- Beautiful flowers and wonderful butterflies. :) Your hub is full of interesting information and the photographs are great, Really enjoyed this. Theresa

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Dogs are great too aren't they Rolly? Glad you enjoyed.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi tillsontitan ... Butterflies are the most interesting to watch. My dog Quigley chases them all around the yard. Never catching any but she has a good time. They frequent all the flowers and the small bird bathes I have.

      Great hub and love the pictures...

      Hus from Canada

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Oh no! No pictures! Glad you got to see them though TT, I bet it was a beautiful sight. We just see the same one or two kinds here.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      A fascinating and beautiful hub about such lovely creatures. We were at Yellowstone this weekend and the alpine slopes were covered in a rainbow of color; both flowers and butterflies. I have never seen so many kinds of butterflies in my life! I was so busy admiring them I totally forgot to take pictures of them and I even had my camera in my hand! I do that a lot. :) Great hub. Voted up and more!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you g-girl. How beautiful of your son to remember a classmate that way. Glad you enjoyed my hub and photos...always nice to please others.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Love your opening quote that butterflies are beautiful and "unobtrusive". Perfect word! My son built a memorial for a classmate who passed away and chose butterflies because they are "quiet, gentle and beautiful" just like she was. Your pictures were stunning too. Very enjoyable.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Wow, what more could I ask for? I guess I'll be thinking of your friend too when I see the next swallowtail. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and great vote!

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      Heaven L Burkes 5 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Well, I went against the grain here and voted "Funny" too - (as well as all other kudos and UP!) The "butterflies in your stomach" line made me giggle!

      I adore this. The ONLY butterfly species I've seen this summer is the yellow swallowtail. And I love them! Love your pictures!!! A friend of mine who ascended in 2006, loved butterflies so much. One year on her birthday a yellow swallowtail flew into her brother's house and landed on the mantle. Her mother sent a picture of it to me. Since then I have thought of her each time I see the yellow swallowtail! Thank you (as a bonus to this already awesome Hub) for reminding me of my friend!

      Beautiful work - as always. ~h~

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I hope you do epus, you'll never regret it!

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      Epus Gren 5 years ago from Philippines

      Someday I will make this garden. A wonderful butterfly garden will make my day.

      Awesome!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Wow, that must've been amazing GofortheJuggler! Thanks for reading and commenting here.

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      Joshua Patrick 5 years ago from Texas

      There's a small tree in my backyard that explodes with blossoms during late Spring/early Summer. I was mowing the yard one day, and I kid you not - I saw about 20-30 Monarchs going crazy on these blossoms. It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Voted up, great hub!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      It looks like the most common butterfly anywhere is the beloved Monarch...next most common here is the swallowtail. Hmm, Butterfly Woman...she could go into her cocoon and come out stronger! Great idea.

      Sounds like you've got a great garden for the butterflies! There you go again, butterfly effect you say ;)

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      What an awesome hub. Butterflies are cool simple and true. I love the way you touched so many aspects of their natural habitat. I always thought a great hero would be Butterfly Woman, what about you. Which are more common to your area? Here where I am the monarch is the star. I'm at war now with the mobile home park. They want me to trim my latana with all the blooms.

      Those monarchs, painted ladies, and straights love the lantana. The milkweed is struggling in the back garden, so I'm not sure if I will get many Monarch cocoons this year. I ranch them you know - just kidding, but kinda. The garden now as we speak has maybe a half dozen flittering amongst the buckwheat and St. Catherine's lace. Thank you Mary for bringing that to my attention with this hub. Now I will go to work with a smile. Some say that is called the butterfly effect, ha, ha . . .

      tim

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you for coming by K9keystrokes...I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you Jose too!

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      I am so glad josh3418 shared this (on another site), or I might have missed it. What a visually and informative hub on the butterfly. Thank you for putting it together for us, Mary.

      Cheers~

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Funny you should mention the dragonflies Mama Kim...I've never seen as many as I have this year? Wonder why?

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Wonderful pictures in an excellent hub! I planted a flower bed this year devoted to butterflies. Unfortunately in only attracted two kinds, Monarch and Cabbage Whites. I did notice more dragonflies this year though.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      So glad you stopped by Vincent. Please send me the link...I'd love to read your poem!

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      I love Butterflies and wrote a poem "Butterfly Dream" it's somewhere in my library of hubs. Living in Canada we have our share of these beautiful gems. I am always at awe by the vast array of patterns and colors they portray. Two of my favourites are the Blue and Monarch butterfly. Oh to flutter about all day would be so much fun. If I ever come back as a winged creature let it be an Eagle or a Butterfly. The mighty to the most delicate.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Deborah. It really is relaxing to watch these beauties flit about the garden!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      What gorgeous photos! I love the one of the monarch on the coneflower, which could be a scene right out of my own garden. I always try to plant plenty of flowers to attract butterflies and hummingbirds, too.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Brett you are so right, I never thought of it that way, we really don't like insects. You cracked me up with your comment about us tasting through our feet!

      Suzie, I thought it was the best way to show off my photos. Then when I started researching I found lots of good info. Glad you enjoyed and had good memories to go with it!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Beautiful hub on beautiful butterflies! Congrats tillsontitan, what a great way to use these gorgeous photos. It reminds me of the photos my mum took I too want to use as they are too nice to be left unseen and deserve to sit alongside words, just like your lovely collection. I certainly never knew about the watering hole so will definitely be doing that! I love butterflies, such delicate beauties, I have used the butterfly as a subject in Make-Up for fantasy looks on the face, which came back to me as I read your hub - thank you for bringing me down memory lane! Voted across and sharing this gem :)

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Great photos and you are completely right, they are one of very few insects that people actually like ... like ladybugs. I'm just glad that humans don't taste through their feet!! ha ha

      Up, interesting, beautiful and shared.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Oh thank you Au fait! Your hub on glasswing butterflies was outstanding...they have to be the most beautiful of the beautiful butterflies! I appreciate your votes too.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Beautiful pictures as always! Good info too, especially for people wanting to attract butterflies to their garden or yard. Voted you up, interesting, useful, beautiful, and awesome! Will share, and will put a link to this hub on my Glasswing Butterfly hub.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks...headed that way!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Sure: it is Butterflies-Symbols of Life and Hope

      https://owlcation.com/social-sciences/Butterflies-...

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Denise, what a great compliment. I can see from your profile picture you love butterflies! They are such fascinating and beautiful little things. I couldn't find your butterfly hub, perhaps you could send me the link! Thanks for your vote!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Gorgeous photos here-you've done a great job capturing them! Thanks for sharing your facts, most of which I was aware of since I am a huge admirer of the butterfly and have researched the subject myself, but a few new ones for me. Voted up /U/I/B/A I'll link your hub to my butterfly hub.

      I loved your alliteration sentence, incidentally. :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Oh Effer, we're just suckers for the grandkids, what could be better? Glad the party went off so well!

      bMalin, we're all a little crazy but thinking a butterfly is a message from your Mom isn't crazy...more beautiful!

      Maria, thanks for the great compliments. I loved trying to take these photos...I'm surprised someone wasn't following me with a net ;)

      Thanks Lisa.

      Movie Master, your praise is appreciated as is your share. Glad you enjoyed!

      Animal Writes you are so welcome.

      Glimmer Twin Fan thanks for stopping by and leaving a great comment.

      Jennifer I'm glad you stopped by and happy you were able to learn something from my hub!

      Pagesvoice, you are so right. I am amazed daily by the butterflies and the hummingbirds, two of the most beautiful creatures ever! I love watching them in my backyard. Your vote and compliments are an honor.

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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting. You have most assuredly written a winning Hub on butterflies. Your photos capture the beauty of these wonderful creatures. I also like to plant flowers that attract butterflies. I have numerous butterfly plants (Milkweed) and Blackeyed Susans. Additionally, I enjoy having flowers that draw hummingbirds to the yard. How can a person go wrong when there are hummingbirds and butterflies? The sight of these two wonders puts a perpetual smile on my face.

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      Jennifer Stone 5 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Amazing photo's and interesting fact about butterflies that I didn't know, I'm actually amazed at how fast some of them can fly, and how far they can travel! Great hub, thanks to Movie Master for sharing, all the votes, Jen

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Gorgeous photos and interesting information. Thanks for a great hub!

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      AnimalWrites 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Beautiful butterfly pictures! Tnaks for sharing these wonderful images and all the great information