South central Texas is experiencing butterfly migrations right now. For the last 3 weeks, or there about, we've seen literally thousands of butterflies flitting through our area. Think "snowing butterflies" - or at times, even a blizzard of butterflies, making it difficult to drive anywhere safely. They've been flitting around our yard on their way to wherever, but not many have stopped for any length of time. They're in a hurry to get to where they're headed. We've seen a major influx of American Snout butterflies, and they're now being joined by these lovely Hackberry Emperors, as well as a few Monarchs and Orange Sulfurs. Tonight, after dinner, I was standing in the yard watching them when this one decided to stop for a brief rest on the ventas flowering near the fence. So I snapped a few photos. This is one butterfly that's almost prettier on the under side of its wings than it is on the top. The tops of the wings are brownish with predominantly orange and black with some yellow, and white markings.

This is a "brush-footed" butterfly, belonging to the family Nymphalidae. They look like they only have 4 legs, but like all insects, they have six. The front pair is stunted, and the butterfly usually holds them close to the body up near the head. They occasionally use them for balance on a flower or stem, but not often.


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