Butterflies are busy creatures. Once in a while, like this Painted Lady, they rest, but, Painted Ladies are not really resting. They are calculating how much further they can fly before the sun goes down. They just love beating Monarchs to migration areas. The next time you visit a Monarch migration location, look closely. You will see Painted Ladies sitting at tables sipping drinks with umbrellas and boisterously reminding the Monarchs that they got there first.
Bakersfield, California 2009
Photo rendered in Topaz Labs Impression.