These tiny Firey Skipper Butterflies are enjoying nectar from what I
think is a Cnidoscolus chayamansa
. My butterflies
Firey Skippers zip around my lawn pausing here and there to sip from
flowers too. I try to leave a few flowers standing each time I mow
because many of my butterflies snack on them. They also enjoy
Needles flowers. I try to keep those flowers restricted to places where
the needle like clingy seeds aren't likely to stick to my clothing.
I found this Firey Skipper Butterfly inside a public building. Cool - a
cornered skipper. These little bugs are usually too speedy for photos,
but this one was cold from the AC and confined to a single room:
perfect! It still wasn't as easy as I'd initially hoped; I couldn't
follow it to the ceiling.
The skipper stuck inside had an ongoing opportunity to fly out the door.
These next butterflies weren't as fortunate, so at this time if you only want
the happy endings, go look at my other butterflies
The butterfly on the purple mistflower
is not eating; it's being eaten.
Those odd beasts by the butterfly are
. They lurk on nectar flowers
and consume bugs
that visit seeking nectar.
They aren't the only dangers lurking at the nectar oases. This next
Firey Skipper picked the wrong flower on the
Those pale legs gripping the skipper belong to this ghostly looking
That red tendril of vine snaking across the picture of the under-side of
the spider fang in the butterfly
; it was
growing over the bush despite my numerous attempts to yank it out,
uproot it, and weed-eat it. I like that particular
, just not in that particular location.
After all of the miserable skippers, I thought I'd leave you with a live
one. It left too.