Love among the Verbena

bob_71(z7 MD)July 11, 2012

During the mating season, the normally elusive Orange Sulphur becomes much more approachable. Last week, two were engaged in their courtship ritual in a large bed of Brazilian Verbena in my garden. The female was perched coyly pretending to feed until the male came flying in. She immediately struck the "elevated tip of the posterior" pose indicating her readiness to mate and he fell for it. He went into an aggressive flyover approach that lasted for some time.

During this courtship the female gave me the opportunity to capture her with the wings fully open...something I had never been able to get before.


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wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.


    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 1:05PM
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Fabulous capture, Bob!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 4:41PM
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    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 7:57PM
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Oh, come on, give them their privacy! ;)

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 2:39PM
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molanic(Zone 5 IL)

Those are great pictures! Sulphurs sure are stinkers when you try to take their picture. I raised two clouded sulphurs recently. Even with having them in an enclosure and on my hand before they flew off...I still couldn't get a picture of them with their wings open.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 3:09PM
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bob_71(z7 MD)

Thanks to all of you for your kind remarks!


    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 7:04AM
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