Saturday, July 10, 2010
Lambs Ears and Red Admirals
When I got closer, the answer unfolded itself as a pair of Admiral butterfly wings opened and closed.
I sat and watched for at least ten minutes as the creature dipped its long probiscus into the petals. Its antennae twitching and little balls bobbing at the top of long, thin threads.
When the wings were open, they were brown and soft and downy. Closed, the bottoms looked like bark and the tops a colourful feather.
There were also a few bees, and one was actually bumping into the Admiral every now and then, trying to get it to push off, I guess. A lazy bee? There were so many other flower heads to choose from it was almost comical. The butterfly batted its wings but stayed focused on the task.
I went on with the garden chores and popped back over the next hour, amazed the Admiral was still at work. Not flitting quickly about but working very methodically.
Then it was gone.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to snap a decent photo but here is one diligently focused on a coneflower.
photo: red admiral