Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly

Eastern tailed blue butterfly photographed at Phipps Conservatory Outdoor Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA 

Photographed at Phipps Conservatory Outdoor Gardens, this July 28, 2010 photo introduces us to this spirited-like beauty, the Eastern Tailed Blue butterfly.

They’re very common, solitary and usually found very close to the ground. This one was especially attractive with bright and distinct markings and fully intact tails. I always smile when I see their pixie- like heads and earnest work-like devotion to the challenges at hand: locating nectar and for the males… locating a suitable female.

When it alighted on this black eyed susan I really liked the color contrasts that I saw. Most of their favorite flowers are a bit drab. Black eyed susans have bursts of yellow.

Of course since not too many butterflies visit these flowers, I’d have to conclude that this eastern tailed blue was not too picky.

If it’s an Eastern Tailed Blue…where’s the blue? (Hint: See our other post of an Eastern Tailed Blue).

Jeffrey