American Lady

A spectacular photo of one of the most beautiful insects, an American lady butterfly.
This photo earned second place in the nature category in Woodbury Magazine’s 2015 Focus on Woodbury Photo Contest.

Donna Lloyd enjoys going for walks in the summer and takes her camera whenever possible to take photos of nature and wildlife. The kindergarten teacher took this photo at Bailey’s Arbor.

“The first grade teachers at school do a butterfly unit in the spring, where they get to watch the metamorphosis change,” Lloyd says. “They use painted lady butterflies for the unit, which I thought this was. I did some research and found out it’s an American lady butterfly.”

She continues, “There are two main differences between the two: the American lady has a white spot inside an orange patch and the painted lady does not; the American lady has two eyespots on the lower wing and the painted lady has four.”

Lloyd has published two sets of beginning reader books using her photos: a bug set and a firefighter set. For more information about the books, visit her website here.