Glassberg’s wonderful A Swift Guide to Butterflies of North America notes that “Eastern Pygmy-Blues rarely open their wings when landed.”
I’d remembered that. After quite a long time spent shooting them in Shellman Bluff, Georgia, this small miracle happened. I came upon a fresh Eastern Pygmy Blue butterfly that landed, for a brief moment. Then . . . it opened its wings and kept them open for moments!
I must have smiled from ear to ear, for this “rarely” is seen.
Here is a rare view of butterfly beauty. I took it. I much appreciated this opportunity, this day in Shellman Bluff.