Backyard Blue

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I was out in our backyard the other evening when this tiny butterfly caught my eye.  “Tiny” hardly describes it, it was about the size of my pinky fingernail.

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This is a Ceraunus Blue, one of many species of “blues” that show up this time of year.  They’re all diminutive like this one and entirely delightful when you notice them.

Take note of this insect’s long and gracefully curved “tongue” or proboscis.  It appears to be almost one-half the length of the butterfly’s body.  What is it doing?  I puzzled over that for a while.  Normally, the butterfly would use its proboscis to sip nectar but it plainly isn’t doing that here.  After studying the photo for a while it occurred to me that there were some tiny droplets of water on the plant stem.  There’s one visible by the insect’s rear leg.  Our blue was getting a drink of water.

Photo taken with Canon 5Diii, 180 f3.5 L Macro Lens, ISO 200, “M” setting, assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, f14 @ 1/160.

3 responses to “Backyard Blue”

  1. Liesl Kii says :

    Tiny and delicate – trust your eye to find it!

  2. stevenkessel says :

    They’re easy to spot when in flight because they look like little pieces of confetti floating in the air. They become nearly invisible when they alight, so you have to watch them as they land.

  3. Jim & Fern says :




    grand pics  please keep it up     makes me love Az more and more   Fern

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