September 23, 2006

Butterfly at the Hardware Store

Yesterday, I watched this butterfly at the hardware store for a long time. I noticed her because she was trying to get into the store. Then she became interested in a display of young trees. She flitted around and through them for a long time. She seemed to prefer the citrus trees.

She fluttered her wings wildly like this on certain leaves. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Finally, I realized that she was laying eggs. Here is one of her eggs on a leaf of a lemon tree. Can you see the little white dot?

She also laid an egg on the wooden leg of a table.

I shopped for a while and noticed that she had gone. On the way home I saw this butterfly sunning herself. It may be the same butterfly.

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