Upright Prairie Coneflowers and Common Checkered Skipper

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Ratibida columnifera, commonly known as Upright Prairie Coneflower or Mexican Hat, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family.


I photographed these flowers one morning this week in a park near my house.

My city is very good about seeding native wildflowers in parks and along roads.

I was very happy to see this lone butterfly on a flower!



 I sent this photo to a butterfly expert in Dallas, Tx to  identify,  since I couldn’t identify it. He says it is a butterfly – either a Common Checkered Skipper or a White Checkered Skipper. It would have to be examined closer to know the difference that can’t be seen in a photo!

He said it is more likely to be a Common Checkered Skipper for the part of North Texas that I live in!

Isn’t it a beauty?

A Day In A Butterfly’s Life

Late in the summer, I spied this butterfly just hanging out on one of our swings in our backyard.
It was a male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail with a torn hindwing.
It rested on the swing for more than 20 minutes.
Eventually it flew over to the lantana and had a drink.
I love watching these butterflies when they come into our yard.
They usually aren’t in any hurry and don’t fly away when I get close to take photos!
The lifespan of most butterflies is around 2 weeks.


Lantana is one of the best plants for attracting butterflies, bees, and other insects.

Photos by me taken on my Canon PowerShot.

Debut Album Kickstarter— “Cosmic Youth” by Daniel Pendergraft

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? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/18926571/cosmic-youth-dpend-debut-album This project will feature 6-10 original songs recorded at a Studio in Nashville. Art for the album cover is being made by an excellent artist, I’ve got some great musicians playing drums, bass, guitar,…