It's been windy and that makes it tough for butterflies - not to mention tough for butterfly photographers. But the butterflies were out and so was I. With Heart's "Dog and Butterfly" was playing in my head (click here to listen with me), I did my best to photograph this Gulf Fritillary butterfly as it flew and fluttered in the windblown vegetation.
This may very well be the adult butterfly from the caterpillar that I showed a photo of a couple of weeks ago here. In fact that rock below (really it's a piece of concrete from an old piling) is the same one pictured earlier.
She found something promising...
Still on the chase, I followed her as she dropped onto a low plant. Click on the photos for the big show.
Congratulations - you have an egg.
|The lovely Agraulis vanillae - Gulf Fritillary butterfly with its distinctive silver-spotted abdomen and orange wings with silver spots and black markings.
|Very photogenic, so I obliged.
|It was fluttering around in a very suspicious manner.
Its flutterings made me think that it was in egg-laying mode, so I took more photos hoping for an action shot.
|Not still for long, I got a blurry view of the underside as it hovered briefly before changing direction.
|Off again to investigate some nearby plants.
and possibly deposited an egg.
|Is that an egg? or an illusion?
|I snapped away as she lingered on the leaf.
|And there! The abdomen makes contact with the leaf.
|She remains in place a few seconds longer.
|She moves back and it looks like there is a single yellow dot on the leaf. Is it an egg?
|A single yellow egg in the middle of the leaf. And just take a look at the leaf below the egg-bearing leaf. Sure looks caterpillar-eaten to me! Someone was here earlier.
No dog, but an eggcellent butterfly. I see a walk in my future to check on caterpillars ...