Cabbage White butterflies-Pieris rapae are mostly in constant motion. But they do alight on flowers at times and as I was checking out our milkweed in the front yard I noticed this female land on one of our geraniums. As I watched she displayed her willingness to mate and that attracted a male who fluttered non-stop around her.
This lasted for a few moments and then, for whatever reason, he left her. Although he was gone she still presented for a few moments before taking off again.
Do butterflies feel frustration? Possibly since their main function is to create future generations as well as pollinate.
Shoulda, woulda, coulda done a video but this only lasted a short time and I don’t think that quickly. Here’s a video of the behavior.