Butterflies, Bees & Wasps

The above butterfly landed on the flowers on the edge of the deck this afternoon. It sat there with its wings together for a long time, but I wanted a photo of it with its wings spread, so I finally touched its wings lightly and it opened them up for this photo. At first we thought it was newly emerged from its cocoon and drying out, but when I was looking at the other photos of it from different angles I noticed it had part of one of its legs missing. There were lots of different bees, wasps and flies hanging out on various plants this morning. At the end of the series is a photo of Rosencrantz reclining.