07/21/2021 Wordless Wednesday-Summer Azure

Summer Azure-Celastrina neglecta

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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18 Responses to 07/21/2021 Wordless Wednesday-Summer Azure

  1. shoreacres says:

    The fringe around the flower buds and stem and the fringe on the edge of the butterfly’s wings complement one another nicely. I couldn’t figure out why it’s called “azure” until I looked at some photos and saw the other side of those wings.

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    • I was hoping for an unfolding but it did not happen and the butterfly flew after a couple of exposures. There are a lot of butterflies that rest with wings folded which frustrates those of us looking for a little lepidopteran pizzazz.


  2. Eliza Waters says:

    I rarely see these anymore. Like so many others, sadly. Interesting to see it on a ‘stick-tight’, of which I have tons.

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    • I don’t think this is the flower you are thinking of. Pretty sure it is Broad-leaved Enchanter’s-nightshade. It would help if a flower or two was included. Over the last few years I have seen fewer and fewer butterflies here in the yard. Although I blame my neighbor and his lawn fetish for our numbers of all insects dropping, last year I hired a landscaper to move a couple of brush piles with a grapple and consolidate into one large one. He decided he had a better idea and scraped the entire area instead, removing the top few inches of soil, and giving garlic mustard a chance to overtake everything. Grrrr… Consequently many insects were displaced and it will take years to reestablish colonies. I am trying to plant natives back there and so far have a few trilliums, some wild ginger, and Variegated Solomon’s Seal.


      • Eliza Waters says:

        Oh, yes, that is the plant I call ‘stick-tights’, but that is the generic term I use for everything that sticks to socks and dog fur. 😉
        I think the decline of insects is a bigger problem that most are aware of. It has reached a critical stage and I often lay awake at night worrying about how dire it really is. 😦
        Landscaper = land raper in my book. The more I garden professionally, the less I think of them. Certainly no friend of Nature, IMO.
        Are there any plants that you are looking for in particular? I have ferns galore, wild geranium and wood aster, heart-leaved aster and woodland sunflower among others, if any are of interest.

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      • I imagine that there are some landscapers with an ecological ethic. But most do seem to not have a respect for that science. The loss of insects is indeed a bigger problem. No insects, no food, no us.

        We have to assess what we have, much of which has expanded and taken over space that we may recover for other plants. Mary Beth does much more gardening than I but doesn’t have the energy to be out there all day tending things. I need to take part more than I do. Once we sort everything out I’ll take you up on your offer. Thanks!


  3. blhphotoblog says:

    Super shot Steve!

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  4. picpholio says:

    Very nice Steve. Have a nice evening 🙂


  5. krikitarts says:

    A great catch, Steve–so nice to see more of your summer.

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  6. Peter Klopp says:

    Due to wildfires all around we have been evacuated. So I cannot write any comments until my wife and I are back home again. So sad!


  7. Very Nice Steve! Enjoyed seeing it!

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  8. bluebrightly says:

    Spring blues and summer blues are always such a pleasure to see, whether from underneath or above. Wow, all that detail, even on both antennae! Sheesh! 🙂

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