The brown and coppery orange colored butterfly was not so easy to see on the purple-tipped milkweed flowers.
White dots on the butterfly's wings mimicked the white parts of flowers...
and the butterfly's green eyes matched the color of flower stems.
After a while, I noticed there were more metalmarks already on the milkweed. While buzzing bees and bigger butterflies flitted from one blossom to another, the metalmarks would stay quietly on a flower cluster for a long time allowing me to take their pictures.
|Palmer's Metalmark on Rambling Milkweed|
Over 1,000 species of metalmarks occur around the world, named for the silver, gold or copper colored areas on their wings.
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