[This conglomeration of insects consists of Buckeye Butterflies, two or three Drone (Hover) flies, and other insects. Buckeye butterflies cannot survive freezing temperatures in any stage, so they must migrate south; otherwise, they will perish. Therefore, many Buckeyes that spend their summers in northern states, fly south to overwinter in Gulf Coast states such as Florida. The buckeyes enjoy being together often, and prefer to fly in open areas, where they sun themselves. Their wingspan is 1.5-2.7 inches.]
The Important Conference (1). Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
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I love butterflies, they remind me of transformation, changing for the best, to be free. Thanks for all the explanation.
Yes! Get a copy of the children’s book (that’s also great for adults) called “Hope for the Flowers”; you’ll be more than glad that you did! More than mere metamorphosis exists in that excellent book! 🙂
Thanks Thomas, I’ll check it out!
What lovely butterflies… The sedums in my garden are now flowering nicely but they are not attracting as many butterfiles as in the last couple of years, maybe due to us just having a coldish August (coldest since 1993). I’m still hopeful of trying to get a photo, hopefully as good as yours.
Seems like less of them lately around here too. Farmers and land owners use far too many pesticides. (Farmers need to do more crop rotation and crop pattern techniques… rather that just spray everything to death.) See my reply (above) and think about getting that superb book! 🙂