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This Pearly Marble in the high Sierras has his thingy stuck. No, not that thingy, silly. His proboscis is stuck in the flower and that’s why there is a loop in it—from spinning around trying to get free. Sort of like getting your hand stuck in a pickle jar and standing on your head to get it out. How embarrassing!
I photographed this Juniper Hairstreak in central New Jersey last year. Notice the vibrant colors—that means she just hatched. You can tell she’s female by her large abdomen which is full of eggs to be laid over her three-week life span as an adult. Hairstreaks get their name from the hair-like extensions from her backside. She continually shakes her butt so that predators are fooled into thinking that’s her antennae and will nip the wrong end. That happened to me once years ago in a dimly lit singles bar.
These San Emigdio Blues are rare, and can be found only in a few isolated spots in Southern California. They are joined together, mating on their larval host plant, Four-winged Saltbush. This position works fine for butterflies, but please folks, don’t try this at home. Believe me, it can be painful and I myself kept falling out of bed.