The notion of such such a bizarre (and occasionally creepy) life form as a caterpillar morphing into something as beautiful and elegant as a butterfly is perhaps one of life’s greatest paradoxes. While butterflies, being such flamboyant creatures of the sun, receive such attention, moths, their cousins from a world of (mostly) darkness and mystery constitute more than 10 times as many species and are often looked upon as pests. Containing some lovely lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) species as well as their caterpillar larva, this album is an explosion of detail and color!
When we so closely examine such a thing as a butterfly's wing, the texture looks so very much different. This specimen was a well-preserved monarch butterfly, encountered on a damp, chilly morning hike. Photo taken in Loyalsock State Forest, PA, USA. Purchase This Print
One of my absolute favorite butterfly species, the gulf fritillary. It's enjoying the nectar of a butterfly milkweed plant. Both of these species were a very unexpected sighting for me in such atypical habitat. Madera Canyon, AZ. Purchase This Print
A monarch butterfly caterpillar, bathed in the beautiful light of sunrise. Notice any (more subtle) details in the picture? Photographed at Montour Preserve Wildlife Refuge, PA, USA. Purchase This Print
This is what it looks like when a butterfly sticks it’s tongue out at you. Featured is a tiny skipper, enjoying the nectar of the invasive crown vetch plant. Photo taken near Hartleton, PA, USA. Purchase This Print