Yes, even bugs have some amazing beauty if we just stop to look and think about it. They are some pretty mighty survivors especially here in Michigan with our crazy weather.
The Cabbage Butterfly is quite amazing. And one of the most difficult (or so I have found) to get a picture of. They fly around like there is no tomorrow and only landing for a split second. And in that split second you better be ready because quicker than you can blink they are gone. This year I was fortunate to have captured 2 so far.
I didn't have many Butterflies over the past two years so I started incorporating more "Butterfly" attracting flowers. And well it paid off for at least 2. I have had more Butterflies this year but as typical I don't always have my camera with me. :-( So, I will share what I have for now.
There is little difference between the male and the female Cabbage Butterfly. The female isn't as white (more of a light white beige) and they typically have two black spots in the center of the forewings. Its under wings are more yellow with black speckles.
These are most often mistaken for moths due to its plain appearance and size (about 1.3-1.9 inches at most).
AND get this .... they only live about 3 weeks. I found that pretty amazing.
Now, on to the Bumble Bee (or Bumblebee it can be spelled either way). These are what I thought as a child of being a "Yellow Jacket". NOPE these are Bumble Bees!!!
After poking around I found the distance a bumblebee is willing to travel to gather food obviously has great implications when considering sites for the planting of genetically modified plants with non-sterile pollen. Studies on distances flown by bumblebees show that the foraging range varies considerably according to species and food availability, but most workers
tend to stay within 5 km ( about 3 miles) of the nest. However distances as large as 20 km (12 miles) have been recorded. That is incredible when you give thought to how small and fast those little wings must flutter to get from point "A" to point "B".
Also remember that these are one of the least of the "Bee" family to sting. They will not sting unless they are provoked or threatened so if you encounter one... just stand still long enough for the Bee to understand that you are not after them or their pollen. Oh and the males don't sting. I didn't know that little fact.
Hope you enjoy !!!!!