Greater Fritilary Butterfly on a Burdock

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© Andrea Petersen
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UploadedJuly 28, 2015
TakenJuly 27, 2015
Exposure1/100 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length64.5 mm

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Speak to the earth and it shall teach thee...Job 11:8

According to what I have researched, nearly every part of a burdock is edible, although I have never tried it.. The young leaves are said to make a good potherb. The pithy core of the flowering stem and of the large basal leafstalks may be eaten raw or cooked like asparagus after the bitter green rind has been stripped away...

The Greater Fritilaries butterflies are orange to tan-brown in open woodland, occasionally scrub,
grasslands, or deep forest. Wing span: 2-3/4 inches.

(Descriptions above of Burdock and Greater Fritilaries butterfly, read in a Reader's Digest North American Wildlife Book.)


I shot this image along an open section of our woodland trail yesterday...We are seeing a few more butterflies now including Swallowtails, Red Admirals and Monarchs. Apparently burdock is considered tasty to butterflies as well as humans...However be careful if you touch it as the thistle type quill part of the burdock is painful if it gets into your skin or in my husband's case several years ago entered his eyelid when he was raking a pile of dead burdocks on a windy day to burn later in a brush pile. He made a trip to the doctor who was unable to locate the "quill" but referred him to an Ophthalmologist who under a strong light was able to retrieve it. I've never had the desire to eat burdock no matter how tasty, although it is pretty to see with a butterfly enjoying the flower and getting nutrients from it.

Light- box for best viewing...Thank you!

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  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (28 Jul 2015):

    Another A+ color palette..

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (28 Jul 2015):

    This is so beautiful and even more so in the lightbox!!! The info on the burdock and the greater fritilaries butterfly is very interesting. I don't think that I would eat the burdock either. I remember when Dorsey got that quill in his eye.

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (28 Jul 2015):

    a wonderful image!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (29 Jul 2015):


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