Fun Photo Challenge

by Sara on August 22, 2013

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Okay, this is a Long Tailed Skipper feeding at my Lantana plant during the summer…or is it?

Look closer at the back of the Skipper. It helps to click on the picture to see it larger. Study it with your eyes:~)

Photo Challenge

What do you see and describe it?

Quickie Challenges

Do you prefer butterflies or moths and why?

Which is the Long Tailed Skipper – a butterfly or a moth?

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris Edgar August 22, 2013 at 11:33 pm

The flower is actually a carnivorous Venus Flytrap-type killer plant that’s feeding on the bird? But seriously, it is hard for me to tell if it’s a butterfly or bird, but whatever it is, it’s certainly lusciously colored.
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Sara August 26, 2013 at 2:31 pm

@ Chris — I agree it is lusciously colored. I had guessed it to be a moth, but it wasn’t. I thought the blue on its back looked like fur — interesting.

Thanks for playing:~)

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Kelvin Kao August 23, 2013 at 2:48 am

It does look like a bird. But I think it’s a butterfly because a bird would’ve put more weight on the flower.

Or maybe it’s a pig.
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Sara August 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm

@ Kelvin — A PIG???? You are so funny, but I like your logic about why its not a bird. You’re right it would be very hard for a bird to sit on one of the Lantana flowers.

How’s the puppetry going? I’ll be checking in to see how you’re doing in the workshop.

Thanks for stopping by:~)

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Lynn August 23, 2013 at 7:48 am

Oh my – I’ve never seen anything like that butterfly. This makes me think of the Lantana that my mom had at the top of their driveway. I miss it.
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Sara August 26, 2013 at 2:35 pm

@ Lynn — It’s oddly not an unusual butterfly, but I’d never seen it before. I thought it was a moth and spent ages trying to find on moth sites. It turned up right away on the butterfly site.

The Lantana is a great plant. Not only are butterflies attracted to it, but so are hummingbirds. When it’s blooming, it has lots of visitors.

Thanks for the visit:~)

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jean sampson August 23, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Well. I see a little plush lamb stuffed toy with angel wings. Maybe Lamb Chops got himself dyed blue for Halloween and then borrowed some wings so he could become a blue angel. Sara, I can never tell where my eyes are gonna take my mind when you put these things up for comment :)

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Sara August 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm

@ Jean — I can always count on you to see something different! LOL I love the idea of Lamb Chops getting dyed blue and borrowing wings. Then again, we’re both old enough to remember Lamb Chops.

I’m going to leave my own comment about what I saw in the picture.

I hope all is well with you and thanks very much for the visit:~)

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Hilary August 25, 2013 at 3:07 am

Hi Sara .. I must say I’m rather ‘dull’ here – I literally see what you’ve described .. a long-tailed skipper butterfly … on a lantana plant – lovely photo.

I’m not sure about butterflies or moths – butterflies tend to be prettier, but moths are quite extraordinary to look at …

Love the photo .. and the little leafroller on your Lantana .. cheers Hilary
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Sara August 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm

@ Hilary — You are never “dull.” At least you can see what it actually is. He’s a pretty butterfly, isn’t he. Although as I said to someone else, I thought he was a moth and searched for him on moth sites…only to discover his true identity.

As always, I love it when you visit, Hilary…cheers back at you:~)

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Talon August 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I like butterflies, but moths can be extremely beautiful…and oh so very delicate. That is one cool pic, Sara, and the color is absolutely amazing!
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Sara August 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm

@ Talon — Well, this guy is butterfly and I thought he was very different. It looks like he’s got blue-green hair on his back. On this Lantana plant, which seemed to bloom almost all summer, I had tons of butterflies, an assortment of other flying bugs and hummingbirds.

Thanks for the visit. I’ve really enjoyed your writing lately and the photography. The picture of the swan was so great. I could see his or her pride in the eye. Talon, though I know the name comes more from you love of certain birds, it would be noted it could for “talented.” You amaze me with your many talents:~)

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Linda August 26, 2013 at 11:42 am

At first I thought it was some type of hummingbird. It is gorgeous and looks like he stole his colors from a peacock.

Hope all is well with you.
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Sara August 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm

@ Linda — That’s a good point. It does look like he stole from a peacock and his back does like feathers or, as I thought, fur.

I’m doing okay. I’ll be glad when this summer is over.

As always, thanks for sharing your thoughts:~)

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Liz August 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I see a moth… Its furry body gives the impression that it is a moth, but its wings give the impression that it is a butterfly since they’re more full in shape and size.
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Sara August 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm

@ Liz — I struggled with this. I also thought it was a moth, but it’s actually a butterfly.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts:~)

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Gerri August 26, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Whoa, what a cool image!!

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Sara August 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm

@ Geri — Why, thank you. That’s a nice compliment from someone I know who takes fantastic photographs:~)

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Patricia of Patricias Wisdom August 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Sara,
When I enlarged it I saw Snufflufigas from Sesame Street with wings….that it is the full truth…

it is a great picture and what color – a butterfly? yep, I can see it now :)
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Sara August 28, 2013 at 3:53 pm

@ Patricia — That’s GOOD. I can see that. I forgot about Snufflufigas and it does look like him with wings:~)

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Ginny August 29, 2013 at 8:36 pm

I did think it was a beautiful butterfly. I love to watch the butterflies land on the flowers on my porch. There is something so magical about them.

You take the most beautiful pictures.
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Sara August 30, 2013 at 10:14 am

@ Ginny — I love to watch how the butterflies slowly move their wings to and fro as they feed. It does make it a challenge to capture them in a photo, but it’s usually worth it:~)

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