Tiny Butterfly: May 3, 2021

This is without a doubt the smallest butterfly that I’ve ever photographed. It was rather disheartening because in a huge field of clover, this was the only insect (besides a solitary wasp) that I could see.

As this photo illustrates, this butterfly’s wingspan was hardly wider than a blade of grass. Interestingly, her wings were one color on the outside and another on the inside!
This photo illustrates even better the two-colored nature of its wings.
And now we have three!

While I’m fairly sure this butterfly is a member of the Pieridae family, I’m afraid to go any further with identification. It was most insistent about staying in the grassy area of the field. It’s quite a bit smaller than the common cabbage butterfly. If anybody out there knows for certain what it is, please feel free to enlighten the rest of us!

First Butterfly of the Season!

I shot these just a few minutes ago in my own back yard, using my lowly iPhone 11.

Often called a cabbage butterfly, I believe this is a male Pieries rapae.
It was accidentally introduced to Quebec, Canada, around 1860 and spread rapidly throughout North America. –Wikipedia, Howe, William H. (1975). The Butterflies of North America. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-04926-9.

Becky’s Bright Squares Challenge #19

Becky B from the blog Life of B has been hosting the April Bright Squares Challenge. It’s been enormous fun.

Now for a square on a smaller scale…

Lens-Artists Challenge #144 – Taking Flight

Here are my contribution to Lens-Artists photo challenge #144 – Taking Flight.

This bee is actually zooming in for a landing.
This was a difficult capture but I think it looks pretty cool.
This honeybee is just getting ready to take off.
This dragonfly looks like it has a big smile on its face.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #139 – Special Moments

I took this photograph on June 20, 2002 in Maui. I was driving the Road to Hana and pulled over. Walking into the forest I came across this waterfall where people were jumping into the reservoir below. Luckily I had a waterproof disposable camera, so I was able to join in the fun. The very next day, I turned 40 years of age. A special moment indeed.

I took this photo on September 16 of last year. I was having a difficult time making any sort of a decent capture with my camera. The strap got a bit tangled around my wrist, and while trying to untangle it, I inadvertently snapped this shot. Another special moment.

Baltimore is one of those cities with a lot of one way thoroughfares. If you make a wrong turn, unless you’re very familiar with the city, you will get lost in a heartbeat. That’s what happened to me. The day was winding down and I was beginning to panic because rush hour was on the verge of beginning. I saw this view in my rearview mirror and decided to take advantage. I stopped my car, hopped out and took this shot. The people behind me in traffic were less than pleased, but I saw many cars taking my same route.

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Butterfly

The old king groaned wearily as soon as Tata Sous-sus caught his eye. Granted, she was hard to miss with her out-of-fashion dress and holding her folded fan akimbo. Who invited her to court? He thought to himself. Whatever is she doing here? “Princess Pirouette!” He shouted. “Have you met your kinswoman, Tata Sous-sus?”

Princess Pirouette emerged from the crowd of courtiers in the throne room and approached the dais where His Majesty sat. Graceful as a butterfly, she curtsied. “No, your majesty, I haven’t had the honor.”

“Well, there she is.” He pointed at his distant cousin and then motioned with his hand unceremoniously. “Come here, woman!” He barked.

Lens-Artists Challenge #137: Soft

I agree with the host of this challenge that bumblebees are soft. I’m submitting this butterfly with the same sentiment. 😄

Here we have two examples of soft on soft. Maxwell and GarGar both have soft fur. Max is on a soft pillow and GarGar is on a soft chair.

For the cause of equity, I submit these dogs who have very soft fur as well.