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

  1. 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.

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