What’s happening on the rush milkweed this week?
No caterpillars yet, but we do have a butterfly.
Any idea what he may be doing? Let’s look from another angle.
I caught him on several other plants in the same orientation. If it had been a cool morning, I might have suspected he was warming up. However, the temperature is currently in the high 80s Fahrenheit.
This photograph doesn’t show it well. You can see the bands on the wings better by scrolling down to the skipper section in this butterfly wing anatomy article.
I also wonder if the teal green color on the thorax might be of significance.
Skipper larvae feed on grass. In our neighborhood more and more of the grass lawns are being replaced with artificial turf, which is good in the desert because it requires less water, but unfortunate for skippers.