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Beautiful Buckeye Butterfly

Managed to get a photo yesterday while this beauty was visiting the butterfly bush in Dustin’s garden. 

I rarely see this buckeye butterfly in the garden. Maybe because he has such a short lifespan. And when I do, he is a challenge to photograph, fluttering very quickly from bloom to bloom. He has no time to waste. 

Egg stage: 4 to 14 days Caterpillar (larval) stage: 2 to 4 weeks Chrysalis (pupal) stage: 7 to 14 days 

Adult butterfly stage: 6 to 20 days

The above numbers show the life of a buckeye butterfly. Kind of sad when you see it broken down like this. When they are finally adults, they only live 6 to 20 days. And you may wonder why I take so many butterfly photos. It could be the last time to see them in my garden.

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Most butterflies only live days, sometimes weeks if they are lucky. There is an exception as you will see in a Quiz I am currently working on. In the meantime, sharing a few facts you might not know about the beautiful butterflies..

  • The shortest lifespan for a butterfly species, which is just few days, is of the copper butterfly and the small blue butterfly.
  • The average lifespan of a painted lady butterfly is just 2 weeks                                                              
  • Would you be interested in a Butterfly Quiz?

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Written by Carol DM

Enjoy nature photography. Amateur self-taught photographer and love every minute of the photos from my yard and Dustin's garden. Sunset views from my deck are very peaceful to watch, capture and share. I have two cats, Brendel and the Dude. I share both special and funny moments I capture of them with you.

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  1. I did the quiz. It’s great. It’s saddening some animals have such a short life span. I would wish for mosquitoes and houseflies data to be reduced from a week (I think) to a few hours. Not butterflies.

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