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Butterfly ~ Cloudless Sulfur (Wings Down)

Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, United States

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10-02-10
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9-21-10

Ever actually see a Butterfly with the wings down propelling themselves upward? Wasn’t sure what it was at first glance, but that is what I captured.

Taken in Tucson, AZ using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

During summer monsoons and occasional springs, large numbers of this mostly Mexican Species migrate northward into the Southwest. This influx may be so strong that several can pass over a given location every minute, pausing only at damp spots and nectar before moving northward again. they establish temporary colonies where larval food [lants are available, only to be wiped out by freezing temps in the winter.

Though not true southwestern residents, cloudless sulfurs in their seasonal abundance are hard to miss.

Males are immaculate, bright lemon-yellow, females are pale orange to greenish-white. If disturbed while copulating, they may take flight without disengaging, the male flying with the female hanging underneath.

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