We have a pretty visitor this week (Lorquin's Admiral Butterfly)

Eugene, Oregon
May 2, 2016 9:30am CST
She (I presume she) has flitted around the yard and garden for days now, but yesterday Anne and I were sitting on the patio and she was sort of all over the place. She few around the table where we were sitting, landed on walls and planter boxes and a few flowers in our yard and that of her neighbors. I took my camera out and pursued her flights, taking over a dozen photos of her meanderings. At one point, her curiosity led her to land on my ankle. There she sat for, perhaps, a minute. I tried to get photos but the angle was not good. They are quite common in the northwestern US. An odd thing in the Wikipedia article about them says that they are "quite territorial and will attack any intruders, including large birds." That sounds like a suicide mission. Butterflies are beautiful and I hope to see some Monarchs this summer. Do you notice butterflies in gardens and parks?
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• United States
2 May 16
they attack birds?? mercy, that don't seem a wise thingy now does't? we get 'em here, though i've not seen one yet. i chased a lil yellow butterfly 'round fer hours last week to no avail, lol. i can't wait fer warmer weather, when diff'rent varieties come 'round. 'n the dragonflies. hopefully the pond bein' back'p'n runnin''ll bring those back to my lil sanctuary. still gigglin' o'er ya tryin' to get a pic'f her/him'n yer ankle. sounds like somethin' i'd be doin' :)
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• Eugene, Oregon
2 May 16
Yes, who knew they would attack birds. Would have to see that. I love the dragonflies too!
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• United States
2 May 16
@JamesHxstatic i'm tryin' to figure how they could win such a battle?? i did see a dove'n grackle go't it the other day. seems she'd've no more'f its killin' her babes. 3 more dove 'n a couple'f sparrow e'en joined'n the battle.
@JohnRoberts (49458)
• Los Angeles, California
2 May 16
Every once in awhile a small white butterfly will flutter around the trees and plants.
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• Eugene, Oregon
2 May 16
That could be a cabbage moth, perhaps.
@JohnRoberts (49458)
• Los Angeles, California
2 May 16
@JamesHxstatic It's a common one. Used to see yellow swallow tails as a kid.
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@GardenGerty (95731)
• Marion, Kansas
2 May 16
I think I always called these "Red Admirals" but yes, we have these most prominently this year. Three years ago we had them in such numbers that they covered the pyracantha that was in bloom and even the neighbor's roof. I have seen these and then one or two Viceroys and a Sulfur or two. Makes me glad I have not mowed my weeds.
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• Eugene, Oregon
2 May 16
My I D could be incorrect since I am no expert.
@Lucky15 (33450)
• Philippines
3 May 16
One of the creation i love to see...butterflies. just amazing. Different colors and like they are paintings
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@CRK109 (14210)
• United States
2 May 16
I never see butterflies anymore. Maybe once we begin to get flowers around here, I'll see some. We have some pretty grounds and great seating areas around the building, so once the weather is nice enough, I plan to spend some part of most days outside reading and will hopefully see more birds and butterflies! I miss seeing both since I've left the house!
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@LeaPea2417 (18599)
• Toccoa, Georgia
2 May 16
We have had butterflies in our back yard especially when we grew some of those orange Mexican sunflowers a couple of years ago. The butterflies were so pretty.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
2 May 16
I love butterflies! They are so beautiful-just like the one in your picture. =)
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@hostessman (8556)
• Tucson, Arizona
2 May 16
nice picture.. Yes we get quite a few differant kinds of butterflies. Ihave a lot of flowers in my back yard..
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@JudyEv (116106)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 May 16
I'm not sure what butterflies we have here. We have a 'Yellow Admiral' and an Australian Painted Lady, both of which look a little like this one. They can be very hard to photograph.
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• United States
2 May 16
Always. Here's another one in Key West from December.
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@Shiva49 (11560)
• Singapore
2 May 16
Lovely photo. Butterflies are plenty and I have seen them everywhere I have lived. They are a treat to the eyes - siva
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@rina110383 (24147)
2 May 16
I've noticed some. I would love to see coloful butterflies.
@teamfreak16 (40078)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 16
I always notice butterflies when I'm out and about.
@LadyDuck (142091)
• Switzerland
2 May 16
I love the butterflies, I have seen that there are few flying in the garden and one looked a lot like a Monarch.