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.
In 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?
There'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?
Let's spend some time in this lovely meadow.
Butterflies are flitting from flower to flower. It is enjoyable to watch them at work.
Can you see the long tongue (proboscis) of this skipper moth probing the clover flower?
Look 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.
Another wood nymph, which also survived.
It can be a dangerous world for butterflies in the meadow.
Don't forget, National Moth Week starts on Saturday July 23, 2016.
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.
The checkered skipper was on the other side of the garden.
The leafcutter bee teased from afar.
Take a deep breath.
The checkered skipper came in for a closer view. Be patient.
The leafcutter bee finally perched nearby (uncropped image).
Patience is rewarded.
With a little cropping, we have our Bug of the Week.