Nature: Butterflies and Moths

Red Admiral 红纹丽蛱蝶 / 大西洋赤蛱蝶 (Family Nymphalidae, the Brush-footed Butterflies)

Surely admiral is a good name for this butterfly, for, like to great adventurous admirals of history, Columbus, Magellan, Drake and Perry, the Red Admiral has voyaged far and wide across the world. From the brilliant snows of Fujiyama in Japan to the dark ramparts of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, all over Europe and westward to Iceland, Greenland and Canada the Red Admiral has adventured. Covering the United States with its flashing beauty, it has even dared to invade the tropics as far south as Guatemala.

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Nature: Butterflies and Moths

California Sister (Family Nymphalidae, the Brush-footed Butterflies)

When you first see a California Sister you are liable to think “that butterfly looks like it is made of candy!” The bright orange-yellow spot at the outer end of the front wing, the bright white bands and spots on both wings, and the other beautifully arranged blue, yellow, orange and brown markings indeed give the feeling of a mixture of butterscotch, caramel, white taffy and brown chocolates.

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Nature: Butterflies and Moths

Gulf Fritillary 海灣豹紋蝶 (Family Nymphalidae, Brush-footed Butterflies)

Long ago the Gulf Fritillary was almost entirely a tropical butterfly, but, for some reason, it has been slowly moving northward in North America and southward in South America. Half a century ago it was found only along the southern border of the United States from southern California, Minnesota, Iowa, and New Jersey where once it was entirely unknown. Since the caterpillar of this butterfly lives mainly on the beautiful passion-flower, it may be that this flower has been introduced more and more into gardens in the northern states.

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