Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tropical Butterfly... something warm for a cold day...

Orange Tiger butterfly
In the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, a little bit of snow often results in school closings... and when schools close... many other things get canceled as a result. Our garden club meeting has been canceled for today because of a little bit of snow falling overnight. It has changed to rain (maybe freezing rain) so roads might be slippery... but out my window I can see our street is mostly clear and cars going up and down.

The above is a long way around to introducing this image... something to warm us all in winter... an Orange Tiger (Dryadula phaetusa) butterfly! Also known as Banded Orange Heliconian and the sole representative of its species according to Wikipedia, it is "native from Brazil to central Mexico, and in summer it can be found rarely as far north as central Kansas." I photographed this one in the Butterfly Conservatory of the National Museum of American History in New York City during a December visit.


  1. It does warm me to see your photograph of the butterfly. Thanks. Jack of Sage to Meadow.

  2. What a pretty creature! That's a wonderful photo!

  3. Beautifully colored wings. Warmth is just what I need now - it is horribly cold here!

  4. Now if that doesn't warm the cockles of my heart! Thank you, Victoria, for this exquisite bit of sunshine on a very cold day here in Holland.


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