I probably should have cropped out those few petals on the left side. Great tongue, though. And notice the photobomber incoming – out of focus in the foreground…
Bonus: Of a Butterfly on an Agastache
The butterfly’s wings are really torn up – especially the left one. But the patterns and shapes and colors of this shot are great. And nature isn’t always about perfection. Sometimes it’s about doing the best you can with what you have. If I were a smarter man, I’d point out that there’s a lesson in there somewhere.
Twofer in the Lavender
This was kind of interesting. Twisted around a good bit to see if I could get both faces in the focal plane. The butterfly is admittedly a bit behind, but both tongues seem to be in the right spot. Kind of a neat shot in the drizzle this afternoon.
Bonus: First Butterfly of 2022!
Admittedly a skipper, but super cute on the dianthus. I’ve seen a few cabbage ones (the little white ones) and maybe maybe maybe a painted lady (maybe – or I might be misremembering) this year. But this is the first shot at one for 2022.
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…
Bonus – Skipper on the Fleabane
Woke up to snow this morning. Ugh. It’s supposed to happen in the Rockies in the winter, but…
How about a counterpoint? That tongue! Wound like a watch spring.
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.
Bonus 008 – Another Skipper
A bit arty. They sure love the Salvias. Shot in May of 2018 at dusk.
Bonus 007 – Skipper on Russian Sage
It’s not just for the bees – this Russian Sage. So many pollinators love it. And it’s such a wonderful addition to the garden. Really a pretty plant all through its life cycle.
Bonus 005 – Skipper on a Zinnia
Shot at the Ogden Botanical Gardens (Ogden, UT) in early September, 2018. Absolutely a pollinator. Been pretty skipper-heavy in late Summer/early Fall around here lately. Shot my first one of the year here yesterday.