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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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Butterflies on Friday

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There were a half-dozen butterflies in the Sophie and Lulu Garden this afternoon–the garden my next door neighbor named in memory of my girls. Most of them were Gulf Fritillaries.

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They are mostly orange and black on the tops of the wings, but the undersides have lots of white spots.

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Another Gulf Fritillary busy with a flower.

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I had to look this butterfly up to identify it, and I believe it’s a Sleepy Orange butterfly. There were several Sleepy Oranges in the garden too.

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Another Sleep Orange butterfly.

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Sunset this evening. No big pine tree anymore, but there are still some trees farther off in the west.

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