A “Calico Butterfly Fairy”

Yes, you read that right.

It’s actually the title of a painting of a calico cat with monarch butterly wings that’s available as notecards.

My friend Ada found it after reading my previous post about monarch butterflies belonging in the calico color palette. She got curious and googled “calico butterfly.” She found this image and wrote me, “This cinches it, there is nothing you can’t find on the Internet.”

Since neither she nor I could get the calico cat-butterfly fairy image to upload, you’ll have to click on the link to Zazzle.com and see the mash-up for yourself! (The image is from a painting by Pamela Fleming.)

Calico Butterfly Fairy Cat Greeting Card from Zazzle.com.

This is a link to Fleming’s online store, MagicalTails, where she has more “Fantasy Cat and Nature Paintings” — a concept which sends my mind into kind of a sickening tailspin of cuteness overload, so you’ve been warned!

http://www.zazzle.com/magicaltails

Meanwhile, back in my world of catty calicos, I’m pretty sure this cat saying,

“Hey, are you calling me a fairy, lady?!!”

English: Close up view of the face of a Calico...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A Monarch Butterfly–Also Calico!

My daughter recently got some monarch butterfly caterpillars from a friend, and we kept them until they hatched from their chrysalides and then released them once their wings had fully unfurled and dried. Here is what the caterpillar looks like:

A Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpi...

A Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpillar feeding on a leaf of the Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s one of the hatched butterflies as I released it onto hydrangeas in our yard:

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Monarch

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On hydrangea

 

I never thought of these butterflies as calico, or tricolor, but there you have it!

One resource I read notes that, “[t]he orange and black color pattern is often thought to be a warning signal to predators.” (www.monarchwatch.org/read/articles/nivosus.htm)

Monarchs are unpalatable to birds, “due to the ingestion of cardenolides from milkweed host plants” when they are larvae (ibid).

 

Now here is the next one ready to go out to the garden. I got it in the same picture with Callie without risking its life . . . which was easier said than done!

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Callie With Butterfly