Monday, August 16, 2010

My little sidekick

Yesterday while Roger went fishing with a buddy, I took off to run through the strip pits and maybe go for more of a drive. I seen frogs, butterflies, one pheasant and one quail....none of the things that fly cooperated at all...and only one photo of a frog.
I passed on through the strip pits coming out just over the state line in Illinois...and drove north for the most part. I came to this section of road that had fresh clover blossoms and in general was just a grassy area, with butterflies that were much more willing to pose. I had one land on me and I shooed it off without thinking. Then this one landed on my arm.

I took a few photos with it there, but I could not get my arm in a position and far enough away at the same time for it to be in focus...the auto focus on my longer lens does not work so all that was left was to move my arm to try to get it in focus. The above is one of those photos.
I took some other pictures with it staying on my arm, so I though I might as well try something...so I put my finger up there and it crawled on to that hand. It was on my left arm so, I had to use my right hand. So, since I am right handed and could not operate the camera at all with my left hand, I had to transfer the little guy back over to my left hand...so, here's a photo from that.

I tried to go on about my business and leave it alone while I took photos of other butterflies, but it insisted on staying at the ends of my fingers so I had actually shake it and make it leave.

I don't know what type of butterfly it is, and too tired to try to identify. So, if you know the name, post it in the comments.

13 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

You obviously had lots of little butterfly friends around you, Rose... How special is that!!!!!

Great pictures.
Hugs,
Betsy

Tricia said...

WoW! You must be a regular Dr Doolittle! Flutterbys letting you hold them & squirrels eating out of your hand... you're a very good animal person!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Beautiful! Cute and sweet! How nice! :-D

Becky and Gary said...

This is my first visit, and I am a lover of Butterflies. This is an amazing picture. I believe it to be a Empress or Hackberry Butterfly. Really pretty.
Becky

George said...

I like these pictures of your little side-kick. You did a great job of getting these photos.

Judy said...

What a tiny butterfly!

Carletta said...

Wow Rose, I am so impressed and just a tad envious!
Beautiful shots!

Mary said...

Wonderful shots! I always have to hand the camera to Mike when this happens. Becky got here first with the ID...it's a Hackberry and they are very friendly. Cute little things and very willing to pose. There must be a lot of Hackberry trees in the area and that is a great place to find those American Snout butterflies, too.

Rambling Round said...

Friendly moths!

Gill - That British Woman said...

those photos are just lovely. I didn't realize butterflies could be so friendly.....\

Gill in Canada

A piece of news said...

You ran as in you ran like a kid or you ran as in you visited but were in a little bit of a hurry? I'm interested. I think you know why!!!

This is a great little story. I just love that he hung with you like that. I want Hackleberries in my backyard. It's almost like the bluebirds lifting Cinderella's dress.

Did I get the right image there?

EG Wow said...

You got two excellent photos, Rose!

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

When I read "My Little Sidekick" I thought the post would be about your granddaughter. How cool is it that the butterfly sat on your finger so you could photograph it.

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