Yup, Mr. Brown Thumb, I'm talking to you. Of course anyone who can help me identify these butterflies is encouraged, nay ordered, to comment.
This guy must have been tired, he was just sitting on a bean leaf:
The butterfly below sure is enjoying that cosmos. Note the proboscis which I couldn't see with the naked eye. Come to think of it, my eye was behind the camera most of the time so maybe you could see it with the naked eye.
Then I took about a zillion photos of this butterfly greatly enjoying my petunias. See the brown spot on the right side of the plant?
Don't worry, I got a lot closer:
Sorry, this was the only shot I got of the top of the wings and the butterfly must have been in motion, but I think it's the same butterfly that I photgraphed on the bean leaf above:
I have to admit that after about 15 minutes I got bored and wandered away, but I glanced over and the butterfly hung around for a while.
Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. So far the Red Admiral is the only butterfly that I know by name. Don't let the butterflies that visit my garden be strangers to me!