A host (swarm, flock, passle?) of Red Admiral butterflies visited the garden yesterday and posed prettily for their close- ups. They were very tame. In fact, one landed right on the front of my T- shirt as if to check me out.
I may be watching too much "Project Runway" for my first thought when I saw the mottled coloring on the underside of their wings was what an inspiration it would be for a fabulous dress design or fabric pattern. "Designers, get out your butterfly charts! One hour to sketch your butterfly inspired creations."
Here is a link to identify your inspiring garden visitors. http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabambc/construct-species-page.asp?sp=Vanessa-atalanta