A Conversation for Photobombing Butterfly

Flower choices are dwindling for bees and butterflies

Post 1

paulh, hiding under my bed

Butterflies are attracted to red, pink and purple. Bees are said to be unable to see red (I haven't fact-checked this). But I guess with yellow there's a level playing field.

I've seen the occasional Monarch butterfly or Painted Lady here, but white cabbage moths are the main reps of their families.

You'd think that a bee and a butterfly would try to crowd each other out, especially when blossoms are scarce, but I've never seen them fight.

New England asters are in full bloom here, with pink-purple blossoms in abundance. An aster stem is stretched across my front steps to reach the sun. The bumblebees are pigging out on nectar, so I have to be careful not to disturb them when I come up or down the steps. (I've just tied the plant stalk to get it away from the steps.)

Two months from now, this will all be gone. Carpe diem!


Flower choices are dwindling for bees and butterflies

Post 2

Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

Very pretty picture!


Flower choices are dwindling for bees and butterflies

Post 3

paulh, hiding under my bed

Some of the summer's loveliest flowers are out right now. It's as if nature saved the best for last. The Montauk daisies have started blooming here.


Flower choices are dwindling for bees and butterflies

Post 4

Caiman raptor elk - Escaping the Array

Lucky you, to have captured this.

Some time ago I was working with a microscope when a pretty large housefly landed on the object I was inspecting. Unfortunately I was too late to hit the button to make a photograph. One of my colleagues who just happend to look at my screen did get a bit of a fright. (imagine a housefly magnified to fill most of a 32 inch display).


Flower choices are dwindling for bees and butterflies

Post 5

paulh, hiding under my bed

The fly looked as big as a house? smiley - winkeye


Flower choices are dwindling for bees and butterflies

Post 6

Caiman raptor elk - Escaping the Array

Scalewise it was probably somewhere in the middle between the original fly and a house


Flower choices are dwindling for bees and butterflies

Post 7

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

smiley - rofl Caiman, have you read this story by Edgar Allan Poe?

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper/POE/sphinx1.html


Flower choices are dwindling for bees and butterflies

Post 8

paulh, hiding under my bed

smiley - laugh

Who knows what evil lurks in the spider's web? Only the shadow knows.


Flower choices are dwindling for bees and butterflies

Post 9

Caiman raptor elk - Escaping the Array

Yeah, that sounds about right... Thanks for the read.


Flower choices are dwindling for bees and butterflies

Post 10

paulh, hiding under my bed

This reminds me of the scary giant spiders in the original King Kong movie. Why would that stand out in my memory? Who knows?


Flower choices are dwindling for bees and butterflies

Post 11

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Post Editor

I thought you'd like that, Caiman. smiley - laugh


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