Dainty Sulphur puts the butter in butterfly

May is the month the butterflies in my yard really get going. It’s not hard to see why many people speculate that there’s a link between the little yellow butterflies in the sulphur family and the word butter-fly itself. Here’s a buttery yellow Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole) ovipositing on its preferred plant, Spanish Needles (Bidens pilosa):

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole). Boca Raton, FL, May 10, 2016.

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole). Boca Raton, FL, May 10, 2016.

Yes, it looks kind of like it’s actually depositing an ant, but it isn’t. It’s laying an egg!

And now that the rainy season appears to have kicked in, I’m expecting a lot more insect life to come a-visitin’.