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Orange Sulphur Butterfly - Colias eurytheme by MotherNature

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These pretty butterflies are especially fond of sunny, open fields and meadows. They love mud puddling – the gathering of butterflies at a puddle’s edge or in mud where they can drink.

The coloration on these beauties can vary.

The caterpillars feed mainly at night and prefer the clovers and alfalfa. The butterflies are nectar feeders and will visit a wide variety of flowers, but you will almost always find them on milkweed, asters, and goldenrod.

They range from Southern Canada to central Mexico, coast to coast in the United States except for the Florida peninsula. They are one of the most common butterflies in North America.

This picture was taken in East Greenville, Pennsylvania, USA, on September 7, 2012.

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I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • MotherNature
    MotherNaturealmost 2 years ago

    To the buyer of this image – Thank you so much for your purchase of this card!

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraalmost 2 years ago

    January 6/2012
    Enjoy the day MotherNature with the New Year Featured Gallery!
    Wish you A Happy New Year with Butterfly Kisses,

  • I’m honored, Johanna! Thank you so very. very much for the feature:>)

    – MotherNature

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosalmost 2 years ago

    Fabulous and beautiful image, excellent timing !

  • I’m so glad you like this, Carlos. Sometimes the most common of things can be unusual in their beauty.

    – MotherNature

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...almost 2 years ago

    Beautiful, so wonderful a capture.

  • They really are little flying jewels:>) Thank you for this lovely comment!

    – MotherNature

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Rameshalmost 2 years ago

    A beautiful blend of two fragile beauties!

  • What a delightful comment! Thank you so much:>)

    – MotherNature

  • I truly appreciate the fave, too!!!

    – MotherNature

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