My Little Buddy

Pretty Little Butterfly Visitor - 
This little guy decided he liked our company. Even when we put him down, he came back several times!
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
United States
May 7, 2008 9:21am CST
My husband and I were putzing in the yard yesterday and took a break and sat on the porch steps when along came a little buddy to share our little break. This butterfly was very small, not much bigger the tip of his finger and had cream and white spots on his black wings. He also had little orange ball thingies on his legs - I've never seen anything like it! He hung around for a good while, even kept coming back when we'd put him down. One time he went clear across the yard and came back and landed on me again. I hope he has family in the area to help with pollination! Do you have butterflies showing up in your area yet?
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18 responses
• United States
7 May 08
Ldy butterflies are just about my favorite thing in the world. Yes we have them coming out here in NC. Butterflies always remind me of our relationship with Christ we start out as something so ugly, he cocoons us in his love and when we are reborn, we come out as something beautiful. Didn't mean to start a sermon here, but that is the truth, and a beautiful thing to behold. Thank you for sharing your butterfly story with us, that is awesome, isn't it wonderful how some insects and animals just seem to sense the people they are safe around. Have a blessed day, and enjoy this beautiful Spring weather.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
8 May 08
You go ahead and preach, it's the truth! I lived several places in NC too and yes, butterflies were abundant there.
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@Fishmomma (11452)
• United States
7 May 08
I have lots of butterflies in my yard. They are sure pretty. They do land on me occasionally. The one in your yard is beautiful.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
8 May 08
I'm hoping I get a lot more as more flowers start blooming. I'll need butterflies and bees to pollinate my few vegetables!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 May 08
We had them at the old house all the time. At the new house, the landscaping really doesn't have anything that attracts butterflies yet, but it's definitely in the plans.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
8 May 08
Oh yes, make sure you think of all the creatures when you plant. If you provide the food, they'll provide the beauty and pollination.
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@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
7 May 08
Wow. Black and white. I have never seen one like that. We had butterflies and moths all over a few weeks ago. Then a cold snap came through and they went MIA. Now that the temps are warming up again I am sure they will come back out, I know my cat will enjoy that.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
7 May 08
Yes, it really was an odd, yet pretty combination. Some of the spots were white, some where barely off-white but you could tell the difference close up. I wonder if he'll get bigger? I know some of the larger butterflies are similar color, but the wing shape doesn't really fit what I remember.
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
7 May 08
What a beautiful little butterfly. I love butterflies but don't remember having one stick around like this one did for you. You must have been wearing the right colors to attract him for so long. I'll bet those little balls are collected pollen that got stuck to it's legs .
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
7 May 08
No, it's definitely not pollen, they are a part of his anatomy for sure. Really weird looking little things, though.
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
7 May 08
I have not seen any Butterflys yet, I have had a few lady bugs come for a visit though. I like lady bugs too. When I lived in the Buffalo Mn, the Monarchs(sp) would migrate right through my back yard. So once year the yard would be full of lovely Monarch butterflys all over the place. I looked forward to it every year. That sure was a pretty little friend you made. Nice photo!
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
8 May 08
wow, when did you live in Buffalo? I lived in Big Lake and Zimmerman for a couple of years.
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
8 May 08
I lived in Buffalo for 11 years, that is were I raised my children. My daughter lives in Big Lake now. She has a lovely house in one of the new developments. My youngest son and my ex still live in Buffalo and my oldest son lives in Mpls, close to me.
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
8 May 08
Ooops I lived there all through 1989 till 2000.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
8 May 08
I have seen a few butterflies this year, a lot of the little yellow ones - but not so little as what you describe here.... excellent photo for such a little thing. those little orange balls are interesting, I was wondering if they were pollen when I read your discussion, but seeing the picture up close it sure does not look like it. Is this perhaps a moth and not a butterfly? I can not tell from the pic.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
8 May 08
After doing some searching, I do believe it is actually a moth. I don't know the difference in them anatomically - another thing for me to look up (and get paid for!).
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
13 May 08
my kid is here and said he has seen them before - that they are very very tiny... and definitely a moth. I only knew that a moth has fuzzy antennae and a butterfly has smooth - but he said that also when a butterfly is at rest its wings are upright and touching - when a moth is at rest they are open and out... and then said a skipper is somewhere in between the two.
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@ruthinian (2311)
• United States
8 May 08
Oh that was nice. I love butterflies too. But I have not seen one yet in our backyard. What I see now which really annoy me are bugs. Bugs started bugging me now. I hate going out in the yard because of the bugs flying above my head and chewing on my cheeks. I just hate it. That is one thing I don't like about spring and summer... the BUGS.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
8 May 08
I'm not looking forward to mosquito season, and I don't know how bad they'll be here (I only moved here in Sept). With everything good, there is usually a downside.
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• United States
8 May 08
Isn't that cool a butterfly that I've never seen befor that looks like that one. I think it's neat how you said you would put it down it would fly clear across the yard and come back and land on you. I guess you can say you have yourself a nice little friend. I've never heard of a butterfly doing that either enjoy him. We have white moth butterflies and a few monarchs that's about it. I like the monarch's especially they are beautiful.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
8 May 08
I think all butterflies are pretty. Even the more plain are very delicate. I think this guy may actually be a moth. I found lots of pics when I did a search (and got paid for the search - see my profile!).
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@danoluma (817)
• Kenya
8 May 08
Its actually long ever since i saw butterflies. my city is crowded to a point where we do not have gardens for the beautiful creatures
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
8 May 08
You could put flowers or vegetables in pots and put them on your step or patio. That will still attract pretty little creatures.
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@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
8 May 08
well i havent seen butterflies after i move in ...sad to say that there are no plants here nor trees...i like butteflies...i feel relaxed and happy seeing them flying around with colorful wings..
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
8 May 08
You could plant a few things in pots and still draw the butterflies. They're not picky!
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
8 May 08
my grandpa had a way with butterflies and they would come and land on his arm. he was very gentle and I think they knew it . these were those big orange and gold and black butteflies that came in swarms. really gorgeous creatures too I believe they are called monarchs.I think that they do have some sort of attraction for certain people I have not seen many butterflies here which is odd with all the plants and blooming shrubs we have.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
8 May 08
Oh yes, I love the big monarchs. This was just a little guy and when I searched online (that I got paid for, by the way - see my profile!) I find that he is probably really a moth and not a butterfly at all!
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
7 May 08
wow I hardly ever see butterflies but I have never had one land on me, that is so cool. I think butterflies are God's greatest creations.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
8 May 08
It really was neat that he not only landed on us, but he kept coming back even after we put him down!
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
9 May 08
That butterfly sounds beautiful Ldyjarhead! Wish I could have seen it. I am living way out here in northern California and I have been seeing some butterflies for about 2 months I would say. Most of them are little white ones. Occasionally I will see a Monarch or ones similar but not very often. I rarely see big ones anymore like I used to as a child.
@shaggin (37756)
• United States
5 Jul 08
Wow what an odd looking butterfly. I looked at your picture and I know that I have never seen a butterfly like that before. It is very interesting. I wonder what those orange balls on his legs are for. Have you found out the name of this butterfly? I looked in a butterfly identification book that my daughter and I borrowed from our local library and I could not find this one in there. It only has common species so maybe thats why this little interesting butterfly was not in there.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
5 Jul 08
I searched the internet and found that he was actually a moth and not a butterfly at all. I don't remember what type as this happened several weeks ago. He sure was pretty, though (and friendly!).
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@cwilson26 (2736)
• United States
6 Jul 08
If the picture you have on this discussion is of the moth you thought was a butterfly, it really is a pretty one. We have moths everywhere and they actually irritate me. Especially at night when I am sitting in my kitchen reading a book and moths are flying all around me. We live in a very old trailer and practically out in the woods where bugs tend to get in very easily and with the moth's being attracted to light, they irritate the crap out of me when I'm trying to read. I won't kill them though because most of them are pretty and they only live for 24 hours so I say, why shorten their life span anymore? My husband killed one the other night and I yelled at him! That is just the way I am with all of God's creatures, except for spiders! :)
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Jul 08
American Black Swallowtail Butterfly - image of an American Black Swallowtail Butterfly
I just had to answer this even though it's a few months old. I think you can understand about this being a fellow nutcase "rescuer" of sorts...LOL Some years ago there was this large and beautiful butterfly...I never seen the likes of it in my life as most butterflies in my area are just plain white or yellow ones and rather small. Well, something was wrong with the butterfly...it couldn't fly! Perhaps it's time was up soon. So since it was so beautiful and I just plain didn't want to see anything happen to it...guess what I did? Yup, took it home....I carefully scooped it in my hands and took it into my apartment. I had a aquarium type tank thing to keep it in to keep it safe from my darling kitties. But while it was alive I had a field day photographing it up close...yikes it even allowed me to perch it on my shoulder (the way one would a parrot bird). I did place "food" in the tank and it did nibble on it. The next day though when I woke up it had gone to butterfly heaven..but at least for awhile it was safe with me. I later looked it up and it turned out to be an American Black Swallowtail. Ever since then, I've NEVER seen another one around..strange, no?
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Oh, how pretty. You know what? I probably would have done the same thing. I went to get the mail the other day and there was on on the ground right in front of the mailbox. I moved closer slowly, thinking he'd fly off but he didn't move. I finally got down to check him out and when I put my finger close to him, he finally flew off. I wondered if he was injured. It was a beautiful color that I've not seen before, sort of purplish-periwinkle blue.
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• United States
14 May 08
I haven't seen any yet this year, but they must not be too far off if you're seeing them now. We do have bees out in the yard now. I've seen them buzzing among the grape hyacinths and strawberry blossoms in the backyard.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
14 May 08
You know, I haven't seen a single one since that day Tom and I were sitting outside. I've been in and out of the house most days working with my container veggies and such, but nope, not a one. Turns out it was a pretty moth anyway. I don't care, it was a neat experience. Haven't seen a single hummingbird since that first one either. Odd ...
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@cwilson26 (2736)
• United States
6 Jul 08
I love butterflies! They are so beautiful. Yes we have them all over the place here. Of course it has been raining a lot so I haven't seen that many lately. The weather finally straightened up today but I was stuck in the house with articles that were due today for Demand so I haven't been outside much to see any. :)
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Yes, that picture I took turns out to be a moth. I guess not all moths are obnoxious and nocturnal.
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