Summer Azure-Celastrina neglecta
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.
I rarely see these anymore. Like so many others, sadly. Interesting to see it on a ‘stick-tight’, of which I have tons.
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.
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.
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!
Super shot Steve!
Thank you, Brian!
Very nice Steve. Have a nice evening 🙂
Thanks, Rudi. It’s late there so I’ll wish you a fine tomorrow. 🙂
A great catch, Steve–so nice to see more of your summer.
Thanks, Gary. Hope to see some of your winter as well as more of your travels.
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!
That’s terrible, Peter. I hope you are able to return home, that your home and land do not suffer any destruction, and things get back to normal for you soon.
Very Nice Steve! Enjoyed seeing it!
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! 🙂
It didn’t afford me too many tries but this was the last. With each attempt, three altogether, I got a little more parallel. Eventually I got too parallel and off it went. 🙂 Thanks!
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