A Butterfly in the Yard

I was looking out the kitchen window across to the Cottage and saw an unusual color among the purple liatris.

Glade Cottage
Liatris grows on front of Glade Cottage.

I knew thought it was a butterfly, an orange butterfly.

In front of the cottage we have purple blooming flowers which the great spangled seems to enjoy (the caterpillars like violets of which we have plenty in spring).
In front of the cottage we have purple blooming flowers which the great spangled seems to enjoy (the caterpillars like violets of which we have plenty in spring).

Charlie ran out the door with his phone and took two photos of this stranger which we have come to know as a “Great Spangled Fritillary“.

Great Spangled Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary

The great spangled was happy to pose on the liatris for a relaxed photo session while it drank nectar.

This butterfly is visible at a great distance partly because its coloring does not blend with its preferred surroundings.
This butterfly is visible at a great distance partly because its coloring does not blend with its preferred surroundings.

When it took off it flew in high and low arcs like it was drunk.   Then it landed again, in a dogwood tree this time, and sat perfectly still.

Since 2014 the GSF has been on a US postage stamp.
Since 2014 the GSF has been on a US postage stamp.

Even though I had never seen one before I have since discovered it is found in most counties of Maryland except on the eastern shore.

What’s the most recent creature that attracted your attention?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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