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.

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Gulf Fritillary on some lantana flowers.

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

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

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

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