Saturday, July 24, 2010

A run through the strip pits....

I made a run through the strip pits...or maybe I should call it a crawl...because that is what I did. Everywhere I went, there were herds and herds of these little white butterflies. I think they are called cabbage whites. I don't know what groups of butterflies are called, so I called it a herd.
At this one puddle/pond I saw this muskrat above...along with the 'ducks' below...
I'm not sure what they are called.

This body of water is maybe 20 ft. in length and probably 10-12 ft. wide at the most, and there is almost always something there. I saw frogs, but didn't try to take any photos...and sometimes I see turtles. I doubt the water is over two ft. in depth anywhere...and it is right beside the road. It is amazing the amount of life it supports.

11 comments:

Gill - That British Woman said...

I looked it up for you, as I didn't know what a group of butterflies are called either and I'm still confused:

A group of butterflies is called a swarm or rabble

A group of butterflies is called a flutter. Bees swarm, and a rabble is much too boisterous for butterflies. Butterflies are delicate creatures who gather to communicate socially only by the movement of their wings. This is called a flutter.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_group_of_butterflies_called

Regardless, they make for a very pretty photo.

Gill in Canada

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I've seen a couple of those white butterflies (at least I think they are the same type) flying by but never such a large group of them.

Small City Scenes said...

That shot of the butterflies is very nice. It is amazing what goes on in a puddle of water and we wonder where these creatures come from when the water is there and where they go when the puddle dries up. MB

George said...

You always come away with wonderful pictures when you visit the strip pits.

Jacob said...

Sorry but I laughed at "herd." But then I don't know the name, either - flock, maybe? Or a flutter. ;-)

Those strip pits offer a plethora of photographic opportunities, don't they?

Re your comment on Ocala DP: I agree. If I ever get another motorcycle (unlikely)it will be a Harley!

Jacob said...

Hi Rose! Re your question on Stone Creek: no, the tree is at the end of the concrete walk, but it does look like it's growing in the middle of the walkway.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

What a wonderful place--the photos are magnificent--make me wish I were running or crawling through there too!

Kids and grandkids are more important than blogging!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I like a "flutter" of butterflies best. Not that I get to choose.

Mary said...

Wow...I love that bunch of butterflies! I've never seen the Cabbage Whites in a group like that before. I think "flutter" seems a good choice for a group of them. They like the minerals in the wet gravel. Great muskrat and duck shots, too. I've been staying in because it is so hot, but need to get out.

EG Wow said...

I have never seen so many butterflies all in one place like that! Very cool photo!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Neat trip through the strip pits, Rose... Love seeing those little white butterflies.
Hugs,
Betsy

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