05/22/10 - American Copper Butterfly on Queen Anne's Lace
After I got Joey off the bus yesterday, the kids and I drove to our local swamp area. This time of year, that gets to be a daily thing. The Queen's Anne's Lace is lining the side of the gravel road, and I got out to take a few pics of it shooting from the underside and studying the geometry of them as I often do. I was pleasantly surprised to see some butterflies. First I saw a Buckeye (not pictured), and then I saw this American Copper. This is a very small butterfly not much bigger than a nickel closed up or a quarter opened up. I was reading a Wikipedia article on it last night, and not only are they common in North America, but they can be found in the United Kingdom and North Africa as well. I took pics of this butterfly last year as well. Such wonderful vivid orange when open I think.
You may remember I took some pictures of fields of red earlier this spring. Well, that's a variety of sorrel which is the plant that the caterpillars of this butterfly feed on:
All of the local soy bean fields fill with sorrel over the winter here and are just now being half plowed under for a new crop.
All the pics in the collage are cropped but none severely. For the picture on the left, I was in macro mode, and my lens was nearly touching him.
OK, I think you get that butterflies are fascinating to me.
Thanks for your comment on the daylily shots from Madi and I...
In other exciting news, Johnny graduated from preschool yesterday after 4 years there. He's come such a long way since we enrolled him at 2 due to him being so behind in his talking. A super cute picture of him with a homemade cap and tassel is here:
I took him to the mall yesterday afternoon for some fun...just me and him:-)
We're off to the Museum of Life and Science today for their Butterfly Bash. Should be lots of fun and pics.