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I missed a few days while dealing with family medical issues, but things are improving here.

Another bumblebee in the basil flowers.

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Anole on the fence, looking at me through some wires. This anole is familiar enough with me now to just sit calmly and watch me–strange anoles are more apt to quickly run away.

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A gloriosa lily at the end of its blooming, caught in a ray of sunlight against the back fence.

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Taken from across the yard, through the back door–a hummingbird approaching a lily.

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This is a Marine Blue butterfly–a tiny butterfly no bigger than the bumblebee. It was busy in the basil flowers today.

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A Few for Wednesday

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A Loggerhead Shrike, one of my favorite birds.

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One of the ducks at the community college.

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Two little skipper butterflies on a fence.

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Skipper butterflies mating.

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A Few for Friday

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A pretty little Buckeye butterfly pausing on tiny flowers in the backyard.

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Robin on the fence. The robins are here every day, flying off occasionally but always coming back.

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One of the joys of Max’s life: an anole on the palm tree. He’s persistent in pursuing them, but they’re very quick to run up the tree out of his reach.

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Max and Butterflies on Wednesday

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Max continues to busy himself with the palm trees and anoles. Here he is posing by one of the palm trees.

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He likes to pull on the bases of cut-off palm fronds. These old frond bases loosen up and eventually come off by themselves, and the ones he pulls on are already loose. He was using a paw to hold the frond base away from the trunk while he pulled on it.

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I love his wide-eyed expression here, as if something had startled him.

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And a few butterflies for today, all from the Skipper family of butterflies. The first is a Long-tailed Skipper.

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This is one of many small yellow Skippers, but I haven’t identified it.

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And this one is a little brown Skipper–I don’t have the name of this one yet either.

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Another Butterfly on Thursday

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Another butterfly on the lantana plant today: a Long-tailed Skipper. As its name suggests, it has long tails on its wings.

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This butterfly is smaller than the others I’ve seen lately. Both the tops and undersides of its wings are shades of brown and tan.

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The top of the body is blue/green.

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Squirrel on the neighbor’s fence.

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And a Black Vulture soaring overhead.

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Butterfly and More on Wednesday

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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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Giant Swallowtail on Saturday

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I saw a beautiful large swallowtail butterfly visiting our lantana bush this afternoon. It was more dark brown than black, with yellow markings. It had some wear and damage to its lower wings.

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I researched it and identified it as a Giant Swallowtail–a big butterfly, 4 to 6 inches across. There’s a bit of blue and orange on the undersides of the wings.

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The butterfly fluttered among the lantana flowers for several minutes.

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The backs of the wings and the lower body were lighter colored than the upper wings and body.

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One more of the Giant Swallowtail.

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