Queen Butterfly, Austin, Texas USA by Julie Huser

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Spring in Austin Texas brings an abundance of wildflowers. All those wildflowers bring in a nice variety of butterflies and bees. I love to watch butterflies and with our mild weather there is a large amount that live here all year. One of the places near my home I love to visit is the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. With all the different wildflowers there, you will see a nice variety of butterflies. Some are resident butterflies that live here, some are migrating through on their way to a different place. On this day I had been watching the butterflies do their thing and flutter by me. This beautiful Queen Butterfly paused for a moment on this purple Gregg's Mistflower. The butterfly had obviously been busy pollinating other flowers because it had pollen attached to its body. I watched as it went about it's business of searching for nectar and picking up pollen. It actually stayed for a nice long moment so I had time to photograph it and just watch and enjoy the butterfly show. Eventually it moved on to other flowers and I likewise did the same. If you come and visit Austin be sure to go to the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. There is something beautiful to see there all year round.

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