~ A Very Special Visitor ~
You just never know what will turn out to be a popular image. All I can say is thank you to all the wonderful Flickr members who's comments and invitations to groups have made this a popular image on Flickr. As of the end of December 2009, it has been viewed over 1,250 times, has received over 400 comments and over 80 people have marked it as a favorite. I am very humbled but pleased that people enjoy the image.
I was outside this afternoon when I saw something bright orange sitting on the grass in my yard. It was a Viceroy Butterfly ~ and in beautiful condition. It was quite fidgety and would take off and fly in and out of my yard ~ but luckily always coming back. It eventually landed on a small tree which allowed me to sneak up on it from behind and get a few decent shots (see next photo in the steam), but mostly it preferred to sit in the grass, which meant I had to crawl on my belly through the grass to get the shots I wanted ~ anything for a nice shot right !!
The Viceroy Butterfly (Limenitis archippus) is a North American butterfly with a range from the Northwest Territories along the eastern edges of the Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada mountains, southwards into central Mexico.Its wings feature an orange and black pattern, and over most of its range it is a Müllerian mimic with the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus). (information from Wikipedia)