For the last few weeks I have been seeing beautiful orange butterflies around our garden. They are quite wary though and generally fly away as I approach with my camera.
On Monday I saw one on the patio right outside of our screen door, so I tried to quietly open the door to get a picture. I got this shot before he realized I was getting close and flew away.
These butterflies are fairly large with a wing span of about three inches.
One day I was outside near some flowers we have growing up a trellis in our garden and one flew up by me. I did not have my camera, but I stayed very still and watched as a long narrow black tongue snaked out of the butterfly’s mouth down into the flower. Since that time I have wanted to see if I could get a picture of one of these butterflies with its’ tongue out!
Yesterday I noticed a butterfly working amongst the miniature rose plants by our front door, so I went and got my camera and simply stood next to the roses as still as possible waiting to see if the butterfly would return.
After a few flitting passes scoping me out, the butterfly did finally light down on a rose and I got these photos.
Over the next several minutes I was able to get close-ups of the fly like eyes, unique teardrop tipped antennae, and (at long last) the extended tongue!
Look closely at the beautiful details of this dainty insect!
And one last photograph of my garden visitor in all of its’ splendor gathering nectar with its’ extended tongue!
God put in a little extra time when He was created the graceful butterflies and I am so glad that He did! They not only add beauty to our garden, but contribute to proving that…
Life is good in Ecuador!