Drinking makes you stupid. A good rule of life, but who knew it applied to butterflies and nectar?
A friend, a former student who goes by the nickname Mickey (due to her actual first name and the face that she does love Disney parks) posted a Facebook profile picture that shows a butterfly on a coneflower. In my most recent post about my gardens, I expressed some envy—I have shot mucho pics of coneflowers, but always sans butterfly.
Turns out if you can catch the bug on a coneflower, it may be so busy drinking it pays you no heed.
Ta-da! I was unable to catch this dude (or lady, with a butterfly, how do you tell?) with his/her wings open, at least not on the conflower, although as you will see below, a similar or the same creature posed more openly on a different flower, but the insect was obviously distracted enough by the sweet juice of the flower to be photographed many times.
I happened to catch this butterfly July 21, the same day that my wife and two of my sisters went to the Eastern Iowa Airport to see a B-17 on display there. Photos of that trip posted on Facebook (was a big camera day). Also shot photos of my wife’s mother’s 76th birthday, also posted on Facebook. And finally, a few of the flower photos (Mr. or Ms. B on a different flower, for example) were shot earlier that day.
None of these photos are cropped, by the way—they are presented as shot except for a bit of color correction. I like the shadow ones of the butterfly the best.
Anyway, this is another plant photo gallery blog entry, hope you enjoy the flower photos. If you have a clue about the mystery flower, please leave a comment.
July 25 Update: A lady Monarch showed up this morning. She was not as cooperative–the bigger butterfly seemed skittish and quick, compared to this post’s darker drunken lout. I’ll post her image below, many more on my Facebook page.