This little butterfly is a male Barred Yellow. You can see the upper surface of his wing pattern through his
wings because the sunlight is shining from behind him.
He's sipping nectar from
Richardia grandiflora, a very common lawn weed here in Southeast
When you're spraying for weeds, keep in mind that nearly every
little tiny flowering weed in that lawn is a food source for some
adorable little critter like this one.
If we pave, mow and spray everything, little creatures like these
lose their habitat. They need little flowers to sip nectar from.
You can see the dark stripe on this Barred Yellow's top wing because the
wing that would normally hide it from view is missing. Even without one
of his wings, this butterfly was still able to fly away from me.
When all four of the butterfly's wings are present they hide the black
stripes when the wings are closed. The butterfly on the right is sipping
nectar from a Spanish Needles
flower. Do you see its proboscis in the yellow flower?
It is much easier to see the patterns on the upper wing surfaces when
these tiny butterflies open their wings, but they don't tend to perch
that way. When they flutter, they are too fast for me to get a clear
open winged picture.
This Barred Yellow butterfly is sipping nectar from a
Sida acuta, or Broomweed