Thursday, August 6, 2009

Butterflies 4 - Basking

Butterflies are cold-blooded creatures which is one of the main reasons they will bask in the heat of the sun. They fly best in temperatures between 75 - 90 degrees. There are a few types of basking butterflies will do:
  1. If it is cooler outside or there is cool wind, you might see butterflies perched on flowers or leaves in the sun,
  2. Once common basking position you will see is basking with their wings folded and facing the sun because the underbelly of their wings is darker and absorbs more heat when the wings are folded.
  3. Reflectance basking is used when the butterfly want to sreflect the unlight to their body versus just their wings.

Butterfly basking in the sun on a rock

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed visit tomorrow to see a different butterfly. I have more butterfly photographs on Flickr and Facebook. To see those you can click on the links along the left side of the blog for either Flickr or Facebook. To see more of my photography, you can also visit my Artfire studio, The Shutterbug Eye.