Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly on a Purple Coneflower

When looking for information about the Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly, after taking a photo of this one on an Eastern Purple Coneflower, I found a pretty interesting fact about this rather common butterfly. It secretes a substance that ants really favor, so in return the ants will protect the larva of the Eastern Tailed Blue from predators. But those of you who curate flower of vegetable gardens should watch out, because she will lay her eggs on the leaves or buds of your plants so that newly-hatched caterpillars will have something to feast on.

Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly :: Canon Rebel T2i, Tokina AT-X 35mm f/2.8 Macro, f/11 @ 1/80s, ISO 400

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