These tiny flutterers look a bit blue from the top. They're not inclined to
sit still for a photo very often, but if you find a
Vigna luteola vine
, you have a
good chance of getting a brief glance while they pause to lay eggs on
I left these two pictures on the right, because they are of the
first Ceraunus Blue Butterfly I found. The fuzzy white dot on the vine
is her tiny egg; I watched her lay it.
Look to the left of the Vigna luteola flower in my hand. The green slug
like bug isn't slimy at all. It's a caterpillar, well designed to blend
in with the plant it's eating. When it's eaten enough, it will turn into
a chrysalis, and a couple of weeks later, a Ceraunus Blue Butterfly like
the one above will emerge and fly away.
The blue butterflies I've found generally perch with their wings closed.
This one seemed to be sunning; it landed, opened and closed it's wings a
few times, and then flew off. Fortunately it repeated this behavior
several times, so I was able to pick a spot, crouch, ready the camera,
and wait for an opportunity. I was baking in the mid-summer Florida sun,
sweat running in rivulets down my neck, and quickly got more miserable
than I was excited about getting the pictures so I retreated to the air
The tiny purple flower the Ceraunus Blue Butterfly is perched on is