butterflies

Often when a caterpillar is ready to pupate, it crawls away from the host plant where it was feeding. That hiding behavior may make finding the chrysalis and adult butterfly more difficult.

freshly-emerged-queen-butterflyIn this case, however, the queen caterpillar formed a chrysalis right on the plant it was feeding on, a rush milkweed. Do you see the remains of the chrysalis?

queen butterflyThere's a freshly-emerged queen butterfly right in the open for all to see.

Have you ever found a newly-emerged butterfly drying its wings?

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Let's spend some time in this lovely meadow.

summer-field-C_0295Butterflies are flitting from flower to flower. It is enjoyable to watch them at work.

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Can you see the long tongue (proboscis) of this skipper moth probing the clover flower?

wood-nymph-brsh-foot_0348Look how orange this wood nymph's antennae are.

You can't help but notice the eye spots on the wings. This one has a bit missing from its hind wing that is shaped like a bird beak. Maybe the bird was fooled by the eye spots, which allowed the butterfly to get away.

wood-nymph-tattered-wingsAnother wood nymph, which also survived.

flower-clover-trefoilIt can be a dangerous world for butterflies in the meadow.

 

Don't forget, National Moth Week starts on Saturday July 23, 2016.

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Yesterday I was stalking my sunflower plants for insects to photograph, and all the critters seemed to be just out of range. Of course, it didn't help it was hot outside and I had other things to do.

checkered-skipper-butterfly-far-0248The checkered skipper was on the other side of the garden.

leafcutter-far-251The leafcutter bee teased from afar.

Take a deep breath.

checkered-skipper-butterfly-closer-249The checkered skipper came in for a closer view. Be patient.

Leafcutter-bee-261The leafcutter bee finally perched nearby (uncropped image).

Patience is rewarded.

leafcutter-bee-croppedWith a little cropping, we have our Bug of the Week.