Sunday, August 15, 2010

Not everything is “pretty” about butterflies!

I love to watch butterflies. Who doesn’t?! When I first started planting specifically to draw bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to the gardens I read about them extensively and at first was a bit taken back by reading how they like to suck the juice off animal dung and carrion! Nasty right? But, everything has a purpose, regardless of whether it is considered pretty by us humans. Now I have seen butterflies on dung… but never carrion. While driving in the country wildgathering with my brother Eric, we saw a tremendous amount of butterflies gathered in the road ahead of us. We had the car windows down and as we approached this gathering, many butterflies flew up and right into the car with us! We pulled over and got out and saw this less than savory sight…. Now don’t scroll down and look if you are squeamish!

butterflycarrion

Now I have never ever seen a blue butterfly around these parts, let alone one eating road kill! Sorry this a bit gross folks, but with all the butterfly talk lately, I just had to share to see if anyone else might know what kind of butterfly it is. Would love to see it in the gardens, in a prettier setting!

 

14 comments:

Anke said...

I've seen those blue butterflies in our garden, but I have no idea what kind of butterfly it is.

Just another Village Wise Woman said...

Hi there, what an interesting post on butterflies! I suppose MArk Twain was very correct, everyone is like the moon, we all have a dark side. BTW, the butterfly is called a Red Spotted Purple. °Ü°

Rita M said...

Intersting post,I never saw a butterfly on a dead animal.

comfrey cottages said...

that is cool you see them also anke
javww: thanks! and great quote!
i never knew it rita, until i read it in a book~ first time i have seen it

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lemonverbenalady said...

Only you would find the beautiful, but weird butterflies. The Japanese commenter is very intriguing to me!

comfrey cottages said...

i think my "japanese" commentor is a spammer nancy. just deleting those comments. only me!? lol from what i can gather this is actually something a lot of butterflies do frequently! i had just never saw it before!! hugs to you hon

Jackie said...

Thanks for visit :)

Come to think of it I haven't seen many butterfies around my area for years. Wonder if it is plain old pollution keeping them away as I live in a complex with wonderful gardens so they should also like them?

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JoyceAnn said...

Hi Leslie ~ Very interesting post , you learn something new everyday , as they say. Thanks for sharing that disgusting knowledge (LOL).

~ Blaessings ~

JoyceAnn said...

Bla..essings !

Was a typo , but it fits the post (LOL).

~ Be Blessed ~

Flassie's Fil'a said...

JoyceAnn, Your so funny! lol!

You wouldn't want one landing
on your nose now would you?

Pretty Little Butterfly
why, why, why? Oh, My!

God Bless You and Yours!!!

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