A FRIENDLY BUTTERFLY AND THE BROKEN RECORD PLAYER

in Fascinating Insects2 months ago (edited)

Today I drove about fifty kilometers early in the morning and spent an hour or two in the area around the town that goes by the name of Zminj.

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The most interesting thing that happened there was this pretty large butterfly. In this opening photograph, you can see it feeding on the tiny white flowers of the dress that a friend who was there with me was wearing.

Here you can take a good look at the surroundings and the friend in a blue dress with a floral pattern.

The butterfly was resting on the trampled dry grass near the path when we arrived. The insect was well - camouflaged there. I took this photograph, and then ...

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... the butterfly flew away and soon landed on the strange, mostly vertical, blue meadow ...

... covered with a multitude of small white flowers. The butterfly in question is the Brintesia circe, a species from the Satyrinae family. These butterflies are usually pretty difficult to photograph. I see them flying around most of the time, and when they are resting, they often do it pretty high on the trees where they have a great camouflage on the bark. Sometimes I see them feeding on flowers, but more often they get their food on the faucets on the trunks of the trees, in places where the sap is slowly leaking out. The larvae feed on various grasses, so the ideal habitat of the species it's an area like this one, a place with meadows surrounded by trees and trees surrounded by meadows.

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At one point the butterfly landed on my camera bag. This photograph was taken by a friend.

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Sometimes the butterflies like to visit the human skin to get the sweat and all the nutrients present in that liquid. If you enlarge these photographs by clicking on them, you'll see that the insect was actively feeding the whole time. The proboscis is always out. These days are extremely hot. The nights don't bring any refreshment worth mentioning, and you can produce some sweat even early in the morning.

Some moths like the sweat too. In this photograph, taken by the same friend, you can see the diurnal Amata phegea moth feeding on my head. The photograph was taken on another occasion, a little less than a month ago, in the area around my hometown.

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On the way back to the car we encountered this broken record player under the oak tree ...

... and another butterfly that was resting near the narrow path.

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This is the Colias alfacariensis, a species from the Pieridae family.

Before entering the car and driving away, I stopped to photograph this very young & small grasshopper nymph. Can't tell you the exact species.

The following link will take you to the site with more information about the friendly butterfly, the main protagonist of this post. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brintesia

AND THAT'S IT. IT WAS A SHORT ENCOUNTER, SO THE POST ISN'T LONG. AS ALWAYS HERE ON HIVE, THE PHOTOGRAPHS, EXCEPT FOR THE TWO SHOTS WITH ME IN THE PICTURE, ARE MY WORK.

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What a beautiful encounter with the butterfly @borjan 😊🦋 so cute…
Have a wonderful Tuesday today!

I think it probably landed there because it seemed like the right colors - though you said they drink tree sap, so that doesn't make sense. At least you finally got your pictures 🙌

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It could be a combination of factors. Those colors and patterns could have been attractive visually and then the butterfly found out that there is some edible sweat in those flowers.

That makes sense :)

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A very friendly butterfly, butterflies are very interesting, personally I would be curious what are the moments of life of these butterflies, I mean the circuit of life.

Lovely animals. It's ironic they have an alter ego phase (the caterpillar) that many people find disgusting.

That's a friendly dude, hehe😄

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The pictures you show are all always great.

Thanks 🙂

The butterfly photography you did how beautiful I really like doing that photography but it's really hard to get a photo of the butterfly

I love seeing such a tame butterfly and it doesn't run away from humans.

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