There was a Gulf Fritillary butterfly fluttering around the lantana bush in the backyard today. These butterflies are pretty common around here and I see them often. They are orange with black markings on the top side of the wings, with silvery white spots on the undersides. They’re about 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches in diameter, considerably smaller than the Giant Swallowtail I saw a few days ago.


Gulf Fritillary on some lantana flowers.


One more of the Gulf Fritillary. Even its body is orange on top but has white marking on the underside.


A bee off on its way after visiting some wild flowers by the fence.


Sunset this evening. The big pine tree is gone, but there are more trees farther in the distance against the western sky.