Southern California Flutterbyes~

Butterflies thrive in our warm climate.

Swallowtails,

Cloudless Sulfurs,

and Gulf Fritillaries are locals.

Swallowtails mating.

Queen.

But the Monarchs are the show stoppers now.

They are a threatened species, so seeing them is a special treat.

Cheers to you from from the Southern California Flutterbyes~

198 thoughts on “Southern California Flutterbyes~

  1. Flutterbyes are my favorite thing to watch. I love going to butterfly gardens. I took hundreds of photos at the one in Victoria BC when I was there, twice. πŸ˜‰ I could have stayed all week. I planted for them too. Thanks so much for the beautiful photos.

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  2. Doesn’t seeing a butterfly make everyone feel good? Your photos are the next best thing, Cindy. I was always told by my husband’s family from Pennsylvania, that it was the Pennsylvania Dutch who called butterflies ‘flutterbyes’. The phrase makes perfect sense.

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  3. What a wonderful, whimsical name for these beauties! My five acres here in Ontario, Canada we call Butterfly Acres is filled with Monarchs every season for the last 24 years owing to our large population of milkweed that grows all on its own without any new plantings. We get the Swallowtails and Painted Ladies and lots of other little flutterbyes, too. Gorgeous photos!

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  4. Beautiful butterfly photos Cindy. Years ago I went to a woodland in Santa Cruz where the monarchs were supposed to hang out, but there weren’t any! Seems the extra cold weather had sent them further south – very disappointing!

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