The buckeye butterfly loves sun and we’ve had plenty of that this week. Here I was attempting to capture the butterfly’s shadow.
My favorite backyard butterfly is the colorful common buckeye. I try to capture it in flight with contrasting backgrounds such as old brick walls and rusting metal. Enough said–the photos do the talking.
The bright colors of a buckeye butterfly contrasted nicely yesterday with a corroded copper pipe, a brick wall and flowers in our eclectic yard. I must have looked funny chasing this buckeye with my camera. Hey, ask me if I care! Not shown are the other ten out of focus shots.
Along the Monterey Coast monarch butterflies rule in terms of media coverage. Every year there are reports of this butterfly’s passage through Pacific Grove on its way to Mexico while nary a mention of the common buckeye. I happen to think the markings and coloring of the buckeye are spectacular, the work of a true artist. Opinion?
I “rushed” to read up on the buckeye butterfly like the one clinging to my brick wall(photo below). Was it laying eggs? Meditating? No, it was dying. The adult lives a mere 10 days—compare that to the Monarch which can go for years. As shown in this photo, the buckeye had moved about six inches and had become stuck in an old cobweb—no spiders around. Its wings were tattered. When I approached, it would move slightly. Due to its large size, I assumed it was a female. Should I free it if, in fact, I could do this without killing it? Or, should I leave it alone? I soon discovered it had died of natural causes.