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):
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’.