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Quote of the Day: Nathaniel Hawthorne

July 11th, 2010

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued,
is always just beyond your grasp, but which,
if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Yesterday afternoon when I went out to the compost pile I noticed a butterfly on my raised bed. I looked closely and realized that it had just emerged because it’s wings were still slightly crumpled. I quickly went inside to get my camera and happily took a few photos while it waited for it’s wings to get stiff enough to fly. What a beautiful stroke of luck! I believe this is a Spicebush Swallowtail.

This past week I’ve been noticing more and more butterflies in the garden, I don’t know if it’s the type of flowers blooming or if they’re all emerging with the heat, probably both. I’ll have to spend some time in the garden this week trying to get a few more photos of the various kinds of butterflies that visit the many beneficial flowers here at Chiot’s Run.

What butterfly is most common in your garden?

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  2. susan on July 11, 2010 at 6:03 am

    What a beautiful butterfly. We get a lot of monarchs here, and the little cabbage butterflies. I’ve noticed a lot of bumblebees this year – and my honeybees, of course.

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  3. Lexa on July 11, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    That is a really beautiful butterfly. Around here, we mostly have a yellow swallowtail. I looked at the neat link that you had, and narrowed it down to four – apparently I need them to hold still a bit so I can really look at them. Thanks!

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  4. MAYBELLINE on July 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Don’t know about butterflies but the moths that produce hornworms certainly were busy this season.

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  5. nic @ nipitinthebud on July 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    cabbage whites, boooooooooooo

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