My mother-in- law has a crab apple tree in front of her apartment that was absolutely full this year! The day we were there I was amazed to find butterflies feeding on the fruit that had fallen to the ground. (We were in Southern Ohio only 12 miles north of the Ohio River.)
Andy and I spent a lovely late summer afternoon on the porch watching the butterflies and the world go by.
Some were in the tree but most spent their time feeding on the ground. I found as long as my shadow didn’t fall over them they didn’t pay much attention to me.
One even landed on me! It took some detective work to find out the name of this butterfly. I’m still not absolutely positive it is a Tawny Emperor so if you differ please comment.
No, I’m not asking, that’s it’s name! My husband said this photo looked like a painting. No photoshop here!
Do you know how to tell the difference between a butterfly and a moth? One difference is that butterflies have “clubs” on the end of their antennae. Very obvious in the photo of the Question Mark above.
It was a brilliantly sunny afternoon – light seemed to be shining through this Red Spottle Purple’s wings.
I did begin to wonder – where are the bees and wasps? When I was a child you could not have gotten close to this much rotting fruit because of the Yellow Jackets. The only bee/wasp I saw was this one…
If you know what it is please comment. Also if you know what happened to all the Yellow Jackets. Not that they are GREATLY missed. I can remember some picnics where the Yellow Jackets swarmed around every trash can and picnic table. You had to be careful that you didn’t drink one with your Mountain Dew or eat one with your watermelon!
The shadows lengthened as the sun went down and all the butterflies flew away. The apples had already been claimed so we left them be for the butterflies to feed on another day.