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Welcome.  I have found the butterflies below in my back yard in Georgia.  I was amazed at the varieties and am now interested in their life cycles.  Here are a few things I found note worthy:
  • There are 6 Family varieties.{click here]
    • Swallowtails (Family Papilionidae)
    • Whites and Sulphurs (Family Pieridae)
    • Gossamer-wing Butterflies (Family Lycaenidae)
    • Metalmarks (Family Riodinidae)
    • Brush-footed Butterflies (Family Nymphalidae)
    • Skippers (Family Hesperiidae)
  • They have thin line antennas with a ball on the end unlike moths which are like a fern or brush
  • Live 4 weeks vs the Monarch that will live up to 10 months
  • Wings, when landed, are straight over their bodies unlike moths which will lay flat
  • Moth bodies are fatter and the colors are duller than that of a butterfly

I hope you enjoy your visit

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Tropical Buckeye
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Gulf Fritillary
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Gulf Fritillary
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Gulf Fritillary
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Painted Lady

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Carolina Roadside Skipper
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Male Fiery Skipper
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Red Line HairStreak
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I am unsure of this
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Mimosa Yellow
Sulfur Butterfly

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If you want to use my pictures please link to my sight & credit.  It took diligence in going to the garden and waiting for the critters.  In some cases, pictures are updated when a better one is obtained. Thank you. Ray Spoto


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