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Skipper Butterfly on Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

I never paid any attention to skipper butterflies until I started to photograph insects, and that was by accident, mostly. Bugs of all sorts were starting to photobomb my flower pictures, and with all the talk about pollinators in the gardening world, I just went with it.

Even so, I’ve been slow to warm up to them, though I do appreciate their ecological niche and the important services they provide.

Skipper on Zinnia

But while swallowtails are elegantly beautiful, and praying mantises are creepy-cool, these skippers are just too cute, aren’t they? Small and quick, colorful, fuzzy, and those big eyes — adorable! I fear I may have finally caught the pollinator “bug!”


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