Zinnias and Butterflies (Nature Note)

July 26, 2017

An American painted lady drills for nectar from a zinnia in Joyce’s flower garden.

Joyce’s zinnias have been sirens to butterflies and skippers around the farm. I try to take my camera every time I go outside, just in case I see a new image to capture. In this short note, I’m sharing some of my favorites. All of these images were taken with a Canon Mark IV and Canon 300/4 prime lens.

An American painted lady on an isolated zinnia. The background blur is the dormant fescue in our mowed yard.

A great spangled fritillary can’t resist the buttery stamens of this zinnia.

A pearl crescent casts a shadow on a pink flower.

A silver-spotted skipper stops for a brief moment on a gorgeous zinnia.

Last but not least, a monarch strikes a pose on an isolated flower. If you look closely, you can see its coiled proboscis.

That’s all for now, but many of the zinnia’s are still in great shape so I might have some new images next week. I hope you enjoyed these little bursts of color from butterflies and zinnias!

Thanks for looking,


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8 comments on “Zinnias and Butterflies (Nature Note)”

  1. Nice work, how big is your farm?

  2. These pictures are Wonderland stuff and I LOVE the colour! Really enjoyed them (and I hope to get to enjoy more next week!)

  3. We re-Joyce in what her Zinnias bring to us in terms of beauty, that you’ve captured. Thank you!

  4. thank you. Absolutely beautiful.

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