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Enjoy the reward of many butterfly pictures from Illinois, Virginia, and West Virginia and even as far away as California.  Fly along through flower gardens, back yards and forest preserves and sometimes even in a parking lot.

You may recall when I first started this section that I wasn't sure where to find butterflies for pictures.

Remember how I told you that my sisters rewarded me with many surprises after that of butterflies they captured in their own back yard or on walks in the neighborhood?

And after a while you, my readers began sharing your many butterfly stories.  I've loved every one of them.  They've come to make Butterfly pictures and stories one of our most popular sections.  Thank you all.

Your stories have ranged from feelings of loved ones who have passed on and come back to visit.  I read somewhere also that when a butterfly picks you it means you are making a major change in your life.  I know that was one of my experiences when I first left Chicago.  I had a butterfly land on my hand and remain their as I walked with family through the park.  

And sure enough I've made many good changes in my life since then.  Unfortunately I did not get a picture that time.  But the memory will be with me forever.

Butterfly Pictures Images From Illinois

This first butterfly is a small cabbage white butterfly.  They are quite common around here in Northern Illinois.  You can probably capture one landing on a flower or leaf every time you leave the house in the right season of the year.

The next one is a Northern Blue Butterfly.  I only know this because I looked it up.  It certainly isn't blue.  You can imagine it took me quite a bit of searching to find out what kind of butterfly this is.

Funny when I was taking the picture I was surprised to find that white butterfly turn into a brown one.  I certainly learned a lesson in patience that day as I zoomed in and out with my camera.  

I watched on my display as the butterfly would clear and blur.  I don't remember the exact distance but I'm sure I pushed my camera's zoom lens as far as it would go.

Finally in this row is a butterfly known as the Aphrodite Fritillary butterfly.  Have you ever wondered where these names come from?  I did find a site answering that very question.  You can check out The Children's Butterfly Site here...(opens in new window)

Row Two of Pictures of a Butterfly

This butterfly in flight was a fun picture to capture.  I was visiting the kids in California and we all were on our way into the library.  Suddenly we were greeted by this beautiful butterfly as it danced around a flower bush outside of the library.  

The middle brown butterfly was taken at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh.  My sister and I enjoy an occasional trip there when I visit.  Sometimes it's awesome having family here and there.  Lot's of photo ops that's for sure.

Meanwhile back in Illinois, while walking in the forest preserve there I spatted the last butterfly in this row.  He is nearly the same color as the brown leaves that covered the forest path.  I was surprised to see a butterfly this late in the season to be honest.

Row Three of Butterflies

Monarch butterflies are the ones who travel thousands of miles in migration.  The first two pictures in this row were part of my grandchildren's home school project.  Mom ordered the kit from somewhere just for the purpose of educating the kids on Monarch butterflies.

And finally for now the last black butterfly picture was taken in the parking lot of the park we were about to walk in.  So take it from me, you can attract butterflies just about anywhere you are if you let them in...

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And Now it's Your Turn,
Do You Have a Favorite Butterfly Story You Would Like to Share?

Butterfly  pictures are not always easy to come by.  And when they do you can almost bet there is a story behind that picture.  I would love to hear your stories.

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Do you have a great story about butterflies? Are they landing on your favorite butterfly bush? Pictures of butterflies are nice but how did you capture them on camera? Share it!

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Saved a butterfly the next day a school of butterflies landed on me  
Here is a memory that is so surreal. I'm 27 now and this happened when I was 9 or 10. I've been telling people this story my whole life and I'm pretty …

A Butterfly Dream Come True 
I once had a dream, of seeing many butterflies and many colors. It was marvelous. One flew onto my hand. I was happy and grateful for the blessing. …

Beautiful Butterfly Landed On My Cheek 
My mom and I got out of our vehicle we saw a beautiful butterfly was flying around the back of our vehicle's back light. This was on February 8th around …

Wedding Crasher 
My wife and I decided to get married in front of a small group of friends and family in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. This involved us having the ceremony …

A Friend In Need 
I was out walking the dog with my friend in the park when a spotted brown butterfly landed on my pant leg by the dog. It sat there for fifteen seconds. …

The Birthday Butterfly 
This is a true story. Last week before I was struck with bad news regarding death of a dear friend, and the scare of my stepson almost dying in a car accident. …

A butterfly landing :) 
I was sitting outside the hospital on the phone with my mom when a beautiful butterfly landed on my knee. I thought nothing of it but marveled at the chance …

Butterfly Stops For Quick Snack 
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Butterfly Messengers 
Enjoy this beautiful story of butterfly messengers. Butterflies have a way of touching everyone's lives. Myrna shares her uplifting story of the messages …

Yellow Butterfly 
These pale yellow butterflies are very common in the southern part of the US where I live and I have seen them around my whole life. I was planning on …

Yellow Swallowtail Butterflies 
Here is a nifty Swallowtail Butterfly story for you. I went out to my garden today and saw a beautiful swallowtail butterfly on my zenias. I had a wonderful …

Luna Moth Different Types of Butterflies 
When I went out for my walk this morning I came across this moon moth and I thought of you. I haven't seen one around here in quite a while. The Luna …

Me And My Beautfil Friend Not rated yet
I picked up a brown and black butterfly on may my out of the house. It was lying on the floor in the hallway. I almost stepped on it. I picked it …

Beautiful Bright orange  Not rated yet
Randomly landed on my wrist... I also just found out I'm pregnant so maybe the rebirth or renewal isn't too far fetched.

Open soul Not rated yet
It was the time for lunch, I was walking through a street suddenly I saw a beautiful Butterfly flying over me. So I just held out my hand hoping the …

Brown And Orange Butterfly Danced on My Arm Not rated yet
I had finished clearing all the old weeds out of the garden and talking to my neighbors when a brown and orange butterfly landed on my right forearm. Of …

One day while I was pondering my life Not rated yet
One day I stepped outside to have a cigarette (yes, bad I know) at work. I was in my own little world and noticed something flying near my head, at first …

Kiss Of A Butterfly Not rated yet
I was deep in conversation with a coworker while on our way to work. Suddenly a butterfly came from nowhere as butterflies often do. It gently flew …

Train station Not rated yet
Today I was standing at the train station in my usual spot reading the news paper in the peak hour. People were standing all around me. But I was in my …

Remarkable And Memorable Butterfly Visit Not rated yet
I also did not capture a picture,I was just caught up in the moment wondering why this particular butterfly came to me? My daughter had a doctors appointment. …

Covered in Butterflies Not rated yet
I visited the Wildlife Park in Sydney with my Grandson. As you walk in there is an enclosure with different kinds of lizards, etc and butterflies. …

White butterfly Not rated yet
I always have lots of butterflies in my backyard. Lately, however, there have been lots of White Butterflies. Today I was in the backyard working …

Butterflies Landing Outside Not rated yet
I was outside in my back yard when this black and orange butterfly lands on my kid's toy. It kept fluttering around so I stuck my hand out flat and it …

Garden Butterflies Not rated yet
When butterflies visit my garden the pleasure is doubled. Enjoy this butterfly as he visits purple cone flowers. I really enjoy growing day lilies and …

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When Butterflies Attack Not rated yet
When my oldest daughter was about 4 she was scared of butterflies. She called them "flutterbys". She was scared of them because in Southern California …

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