Pearl Crescents Courting

“Hi there big little boy!”

Romance is in the air and on the Shasta Daisies, as the Pearl Cresent Butterflies have been courting with standoffs and flurries of fluttery foolery in the flowers. I assume the smaller butterflies are the males.

“This is my good side.”

“Well? Are you just going to stand there and gawk at me?”

Lady Cresent in waiting.

She didn’t have to wait long.

The male paused to savor the view of Lady Crescent’s beautiful butterfly behind.

An advance.

Fluttery butterfly foolery in the flower.

I found these two had snuck off into the weeds to do the butterfly bad thing.

This is what they call the “Butterly Position”.

58 thoughts on “Pearl Crescents Courting

  1. This is priceless, Timothy! The Butterfly Position. The Butterfly bad thing. I am crackin’ up and immersed in butterflies and flowers at the same time. I think that may provide another definition of Beauty.

  2. I am feeling like a butterfly voyeur. They don’t seem to mind. I guess they were too distracted to notice you there or maybe not. Amazing shots, we don’t get to see this everyday

    • Thanks, Holly. I think this is the first time I’ve witnessed buterflies bonking as the Australians say.

      • There’s a first time for everything. I posted a pic of a lizard doing a mating dance on Instagram . 🦎what’s really strange is I think he was attracted to my toes, I couldn’t find any female lizards anywhere.

      • Sexy toes for a lonely lizard? The lizard obviously has very good taste in women.

  3. Butterfly position, eh? Who knew you were such a voyeur? Oh wait… we all are, aren’t we? Wonderful captures, Timothy.

    • Thanks, Dale. I wasn’t expecting to be a voyeur outside my normal photo voyeurism. I noticed them together in the weeds and then I figured out what they were doing. It was interesting they were off on their own away from the other courtship activities. Like they say “The bids and the bees and the flowers and the trees…” or something like that.

      • That’s the best. You weren’t expecting and happened upon it and lucky for us, you captured it.
        Since you’ve put that song in my head, I now return the favour…
        “Love is in the air…everywhere I look around …”

  4. “Love is all at the Butterfly Ball”, remember the Roger Glover song from 1974? I’m still enjoying the video…

    • Thanks, Herman. I remember the song, but it’s been a long time since I listened to or saw the video. I’ll look it up.

      • I watch it too and had some flash backs. I was in the hospital for 6 weeks during that period and that song always reminds me of that time. (But the song also makes me feel good.)

      • That’s good memories to have from a bad time. Six weeks in a hospital is like an eternity. I know that all too well.

  5. Love your sense of humor in this post, Tim. And those shots are stunning! We don’t seem to have many butterflies (yet) this year which I find odd. Perhaps you have them all. (smile) xo

      • We always have a lot of pearl crescents, sulfurs, hairstreaks, painted ladies and various tiny butterflies native to New Mexico, but this year we have lots and lots of buckeye butterflies. In years past I’d see a few buckeyes, here and there, but this year they are everywhere.

  6. What are running over there, a butterfly brothel? Lol!
    Really a sweet loving post, with neat pics.
    Butterflies are also a fairyland creature.I can’t quite get a grip on moths. They probably cross over worlds.

    • Hi Resa. Those daisies are like a butterfly brothel with all the courting goin on. Moths can be pesky, but there are some really beautiful months around.

      • IKR; about the moths. There are some beauties, but some are terrifying to me, especially those Pharaoh Moths! talk about sci-fi!

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