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Beautiful Visitors

Red Spotted Purple Butterfly

Lately we have been graced with these beautiful visitors. They like the persimmons from the persimmon tree in the front of our home. They are so pretty. We looked them up and found them to be red-spotted purple butterflies; now why didn't I think of that. 🙂

If you look closely (click image to see larger) you can see its long tongue (proboscis) inserted into the persimmon.

Red Spotted Purple Butterfly on Persimmon

Red Spotted Purple Butterfly

Red Spotted Purple Butterlies

Unfortunately because they are easy targets for the cat, we find quite a few that are no longer able to fly because their wings are tattered.


This butterfly we actually found last month. It is either a tiger swallowtail or a spicebush swallowtail.

Tiger Swallowtail with tattered wing

Tiger Swallowtail with tattered wing

Tiger Swallowtail

The kids wanted to catch one, but when they did they injured it. They were very careful too because they knew if they dusted it, it would make it lame. Unfortunately, that is what happened. We looked up the 'dust of butterflies' and found out that they are actually scales, how interesting. We decided it was best we just admire them with our eyes.

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  1. MaryEllen

    Wow, those are beautiful! And what a variety. Last year at work there were a ton of monarch butterflies but nothing so colorful as the ones you've shared in this post. Plus, I bet the kids learned a lot about butterflies too! 🙂

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