Sunday, May 22, 2022

Elfin Charm


Whilst admiring the fantastic bluets throughout my "lawn" in no-mow-May,

I noticed a fluttering movement while I was down on the ground, trying to get face to face with these difficult-to-photograph miniatures. I was able to stalk and locate a small butterfly, about the size of a dime, called the Eastern pine elfin (Callophrys niphon), feeding on the nectar of these little beauties.

It overwinters as a pupa in pines. I'm so glad I haven't done a lot of yard cleanup.

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