The theme for Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is “Bugs.” Even though Frank leaves it up to interpretation, I go with the conventional approach – simply bugs in nature. I included some research information about the butterflies. I didn’t do any search on bees and ladybug.
The first four photos were taken in my backyard. The last two photos were taken in Los Angeles Arboretum.
I was surprised to see the black wings butterfly. Carolina pointed out that it is Mourning Cloak by its Common name. My research gave me the scientific name Nymphalis antiopa. A very distinctive and charismatic butterfly, best known for its conspicuous activity in late winter, flying and acting territorial before any trees have leafed out or any wildflowers are active.
The Common name for the second butterfly, Danaus plexippus is Monarch. The Monarch butterflies migrate across the Sierra Nevada in both directions, though late-season west-bound migrants are most often recorded. http://butterfly.ucdavis.edu/butterfly/Danaus/plexippus