On a recent hike, we were able to see some beautiful Question Mark butterflies along the trail.
The first one was peacefully sitting on a long stem, soaking up the sun. As I took a few photos from different angles, I began to notice a spider web located directly behind the butterfly.
I took a few steps back to get a better look and realized how incredibly near this butterfly was to a spider web which reached from where the spider was sitting a couple of feet high, all the way down to the ground. I couldn’t help but wonder if it had any idea just how close it was to becoming a meal for a stealthy spider.
Later, we came upon two other Question Mark butterflies along the path. They were sitting in much safer places than the first, and were doing a good job of blending in with the scenery.
“Isn’t it funny how obvious and oblivious are so close?” ~Unknown
8 thoughts on “Oblivious”
Living on the edge.
Too close to the edge for me. 🙂
That’s amazing how they blend in with the leaves and I’m glad no beautiful butterflies got trapped by the sticky web of the predator spider. Ugh – I hate spiders and insects ore every day.
It is pretty neat how the color of their wings can help camouflage them and protect them from predators. Yes, hopefully a happy ending for the little butterfly!
And sometimes the wings are so different on the outside of their wings from when closed or opened. Like that Purple Spotted in my post today. I saw one last Fall and looked online to identify it – it looked vastly different with wings open, than closed … two different color combos so you would not know if was the same butterfly. I always worry I’ll step on those butterflies walking on a path especially so close to the leaves.
I’ve never heard of those kind of butterflies Rebecca! Very pretty!
They are pretty butterflies! They look a lot like another butterfly, the Eastern Comma, except for slight differences. I have to study the photos to figure out which one I’ve seen.
your keen on butterflies Rebecca! Good for you!