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Most people probably don't notice that butterflies are disappearing. ... And these lovely blooms may become a thing of the past. The Mimosa Tree, an invader species, is being eradicated here in North Carolina.

When a Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) folds its wings, a curved row of bright orange dots underneath its wings can be seen. They fly from April until early Fall and are abundant in the North Carolina mountains. Their numbers are in decline.

Silktree Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) is commonly known as Mimosa here in North Carolina. This naturalized small ornamental tree originated from China. It is common along roadsides and other edge habitats. The silky, pink powderpuff flowers are very distinctive and aromatic. **Eradication of this invasive species is underway.

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Comments (77)

@na travizi on April 4, 2009

Beautiful photo! Excelent composition and wonderful colors. Golden star and greetings from Croatia, @na travizi

Jean Gregory Evans on April 5, 2009

@na travizi, thank you very much! I'm so pleased you enjoy it!


goodytwoshoes on November 21, 2009

Jean Fantastic photo. The colors so beautiful.

Tomas K☼h☼ut on June 1, 2010

WOW, Jean, this is fantastic detail and catch! No wonder that it is high on popularity chart...

Cheers, Tom

Jean Gregory Evans on June 3, 2010

goodytwoshoes, thank you! I'm so glad you enjoy it.

Tom, that is a very nice compliment and I do appreciate it. Mostly, it was pure luck. The tree was swaying, as I recall. Pure luck!


Tomas K☼h☼ut on June 3, 2010

Good luck is usual reward for patient and/or addicted photographer, Jean :)

Same here with photo of perfectly lighted fern - light was here for about five seconds - but I was fortunately ready!

Cheers, Tom

Jean Gregory Evans on June 4, 2010

Tom, Thank you! You are right about luck and patience. Luck is a joyous thing to encounter like this. Your fern photo is just grand, thank you for pointing to it!


wonderful macro! looks very beautiful and attractive! well done! YS and best wishes from Russia!

aneta venkova on August 20, 2010

И в Америка мимозата е красива!

Darko Onosimoski on September 1, 2010



vterezia on November 29, 2010

wonderful!! ~~~~~~~LIKE 6, greetings vterezia

Murat Kurtel on December 11, 2010

I watched with admiration for a beautiful butterfly

If you want to see my butterfly photos

Best wishes Murat

Jean Gregory Evans on December 11, 2010

Thank you, everyone! I appreciate all these fine compliments.

Murat, your collection is fantastic. Thank you for pointing to it for me. I really enjoyed seeing them. Google translated the page for me too so I could read the words. It was a great visit! The butterflies are a different than the ones flying around my house in the summer. Thanks again!

Oompie on November 7, 2011

Great Shot!! Pity it has not been selected! We miss out on too many of these type of photos!

Jean Gregory Evans on November 7, 2011

Thank you, Oompie. Yes, I wish I could see the details of flora and fauna on GE! At least we have the great Panoramio!

*Delfina* on October 20, 2012

Very beautiful!

❀♥ Like! ♥❀

Best wishes, Mira

Peter Wloch on September 12, 2014

Hi Jean, i love your Pictures - you have a good View to the Objects, you see and feel with the view of a Artist! Today i have postet around 80 Pictures of my Animal pictures in Panoramio - so take a View for your Enjoiing to them. Have a good Time and show more nice Pictures. Warm Greetings! Peter

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 2, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Jean Gregory Evans
    • Camera: SONY DSC-H5
    • Taken on 2008/08/01 09:25:11
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 72.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash