Butterfly and Purple Periwinkle

I don’t share butterfly or bird photos that often as they fly away before I can get a good photo.  I can’t tell you how many bad photos I delete in the attempts.  Today I’m re-sharing a post from September 30, 2016. I made mosaics that  I hope you enjoy it.


I came out my front door and saw a beautiful black swallowtail on my purple vinca or periwinkle. Before I could get closer to get a good shot, he was flitting away as usual.  I looked down at the periwinkle and discovered a sweet rusty orange small butterfly, a Gulf fritillary, where the black swallowtail had been.





He just sat there as I crept closer.





His wings are so beautiful on top and even more on the bottom.












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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

45 thoughts to “Butterfly and Purple Periwinkle”

  1. I have never seen this color on vinca! Beautiful. I have heavenly blue and dark purple… Butterflies are so difficult to photograph – well done!

  2. Nice shots of the butterfly, a Gulf Fritillary.. I had Black Swallowtails come to the parsley in our south Florida yard– their caterpillars destroyed it but it was worth having them and seeing them emerge from their chrysalises.

    1. Oh thanks so much for the name. I had no idea what the little one was called. Seeing butterflies emerge must have been wonderful! Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. I almost always end up with a blur when I try to catch butterflies on camera! What a lovely picture you got. i’m looking forward to seeing a lot of them when we get back to our Florida home ini a couple of months.

  4. Stunning images of your butterflies on your flowers. I agree you do have to be quick with your camera. Have a lovely week.

  5. Lovely shots, Carol. We have these growing in our garden every summer but they are not popular with butterflies here…
    Thanks for linking up with the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

    1. Here in warm Florida Periwinkle bloom all year but of course lots more in the summer due to the rain. Happy Sunday!

  6. Carol – I completely understand. And sometimes we are blessed to find even better photos when we look a little further! I love these photos of the fritillary! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  7. Beautiful photos and mosiac.
    I have a pink periwinkle which i received as a potted bud at church. We got the potted plants as a mother’s day gift a few years ago

    Have a nice week. I am at number 14 on the linky today


  8. I never can get a picture of a bird but thankfully, the butterflies are sometimes so intent on the flowers that I get to take some good photos. These are pretty.

  9. Great that gorgeous butterfly on a the periwinkle before it flew away 🙂
    Lovely moment to behold! I’m likewise interested in periwinkles, aside from our usual flowers in the garden. Periwinkles also have a variety of charming hues, not only that, but they are deemed as herbal cure for a few health issues.

    Happy WW!

  10. Nature is always glorious! And this is no exception, such beauty! My spouse and I always say, nature creates the most beautiful colors!

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