Saturday, October 10, 2009
Ghosts and Skeletons
This cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) got its proboscis caught on a spider web, and starved to death dangling from the oreganillo flower it meant to take a sip from. I created this apparition of its ghostly skeleton sipping nectar in the afterlife by turning the photo 90 degrees from reality.
Cabbage whites are really common around here since the neighbor has taken to growing lots of larval food plants for these butterflies to reproduce on: cabbages, turnips, kale, radish and the like. I think his intention was to grow food for himself, however. The adult butterflies feed on the nectar of a wide variety of plants, which is why they spend time in my (currently) cabbage-free garden.