So soon will end the year of insects (and none too soon for many of you who perhaps don’t share my love of the entomological intricacies and beauties close to my window).
Here, a pair of cooperative butterflies–perhaps over the course of the summer, the most common lepidopt of our valley. While most images will show them in their more typical wings-wide pose from above, you cannot see from that perspective the markings for which they were named.
And although I tried for quite a while and a dozen or more shots, I did not capture the metallic flash of their underwing spots that shine like polished silver. (These two are on the ONE lilac colored spray out of a hundred on an otherwise WHITE butterfly bush.)
See Also: 10 Beautiful Butterflies and Their Ugly Duckling Offspring and Insectigations: 40 Hands-0n Activities to Explore the Insect World