Ha! This isn’t what you were thinking. 🙂
Here are two species of Hairstreak butterflies. We allow milkweed to grow on one side of our driveway in hopes of attracting a Monarch to lay some eggs. So far we have only been successful once in the last several years. I rarely see them in wilder places either. We are hopeful that the growing awareness of their plight will encourage folks to do all they can to preserve the habitat needed as well as reduce the pesticide use and other causes of their decline. Two added benefits of having milkweed in our yard are the attraction it holds for other insects and that it smells wonderful while flowering. One of my favorite scents.
The difference between these two hairstreaks is subtle, but once I became aware of what to look for it is now fairly easy. As you can probably tell by the size of the flower in comparison, these are smallish butterflies.
This is the Striped Hairstreak (Satyrium liparops)And this is the Banded Hairstreak ( Satyrium calanus)The quick and easy marker being the small orange patch just in front of the blue patch on the Striped.
So there you go, an insect post without the negative cache of spiders and flies. 🙂