Oh, it was better than good - it was magnificent. But what exactly was it? This beautiful creature was near our deck just lying in the grass. When I got close, it fluttered/flapped its wings together rapidly, but did not seem to be able to fly.
As I said, it was very near our deck and seemed to be trying to get underneath. I did not want my presence cause this beautiful creature undue harm or stress. However, I wanted more pictures!
Again, more fluttering/flapping around as I tried to capture a decent shot of its underside.
The wingspan was 4 to 5". Again, it was trying to get underneath our deck.
I got it turned around using a stick - I was scared to touch it. The markings were incredible - the pictures do not do it justice.
It appears as if a grass-blade pierced its wing. At this point I decided to leave it alone and let nature take its own course.
I am so happy to report that a few minutes later my husband watched it fly away without any sign of distress. Hooray! I was so relieved and hope that many others get to catch a glimpse of this magnificent beauty!
And again, just exactly what was it - moth or butterfly?