Bonus: Some Butterfly that I Haven’t ID-ed

But it’s really a neat looking one on the salvia. Note that on its tail, there’s an eye shape/pattern. When I look at it, even though I’ve seen this one many times, my first thought is that the head is on the tail. Good adaptation, I guess, to fool the predators. And the photographer…

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Bonus – Wrecked Butterfly :(

I think this is a Painted Lady. It’s really a terrible picture (light, background, composition, etc.), but there’s so much to be said for carrying on. No choice, really, until it becomes impossible. Still not yet impossible for this one…and I really like that. My site, my likes. Hope you take something from it, too.

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Bonus!

Monarch on a Rocky Mountain or Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis)

This site is about bees. But now and then, I’ll post a bonus pic of something else interesting. And today, it’s a Monarch on a Liatris.

It’s a fantastic plant for attracting pollinators of all kinds. Here in the Rockies, it blooms like mad all through August and is often teeming – buzzing – flapping – with life. Interestingly, the pollen isn’t purple, but it’s white. Sometime in the future, I’ll post pics of native bees, honeybees, bumbles, pollinating wasps, as well as other butterflies enjoying the Liatris. Keep watching. And plant one for yourself!

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