Friday, July 31, 2015

A model butterfly walks the red carpet

Wildlife encounters sure can happen at unexpected times and in the oddest of places.

I was planning to take supplies out to the car this morning but before I even stepped through the doorway, I saw something that stopped me in my tracks.  I turned around, put down the items I was carrying and picked up my camera.

Right in front of the door on an old piece of carpet in the garage was a beautiful Red-spotted Purple butterfly, Limenitis arthemis.

Limenitis arthemis strutting her stuff on the 'red' carpet

The garage doors were open, but even so, I have no idea why a butterfly would be spending time in that semi-inside space instead of outside in one of the many nearby gardens. For whatever reason, this pretty lady seemed quite intent on examining the carpeted floor.

What lovely spotted wings

As I snapped off photos and a video, the butterfly - who seemed completely unconcerned by my presence - circled around on the carpeted floor while opening and closing her colorful wings.

Pretty no matter what direction she faces

After a few minutes of putting on a show, she flew away, exchanging the garage floor for more fertile ground. I put the camera away and picked up the supplies I needed to take out to the car. Yet even as I got ready to head out myself, I couldn't help smiling at the unexpected wildlife encounter I'd just experienced.

Below is a short (0:33) video of the Red-spotted Purple strutting her stuff on the 'red' carpet.


  1. What good timing you had. She's a beauty. Glad you didn't miss her.

    1. I'm glad I didn't miss her too. But it was pure chance that she happened to be in the garage just as I was heading out. Sure makes me wonder how many other potential encounters I miss by not being in the right place at the right time or, worse, being too preoccupied to notice one at all. :)