Sources tell me that this is a Gulf Frittilary, Agraulis vanillae. She/he? came to visit yesterday, and landed on the base rock for the new patio. I've noticed more species of butterflies around this year. We always have painted ladies and swallowtails, but I've never noticed one of these before.
I had thought, naively, that the patio would be done yesterday. Denise and I worked really hard on it, and Kevin came and did a lot, and helped me learn to use a tamper. I think I'm going to stick with my non-tamping day job.
And Eric showed me yesterday that he thinks the patio should be bigger, and I had to agree with him. So I get to spend the rest of this week digging and leveling, then putting down more base rock. At least I'll get to use a tamper again!