Most insects are drawn to lights, butterflies included! When they catalogue insects in the rainforest, they collect them by shining lights and attracting butterflies too!
Thanks, Steve. I didn't know that. Still, I wonder why I've not seen it before ...
I didn't think butterflies flew at night, but I can see how they might be attracted to a light. Very strange, indeed!
Hey, Susan. Yep, it is weird.
The Zebras have mysteriously disappeared from my garden this year. Usually I have dozens of them flitting about, all summer long. This year... none! I still have a plentiful supply of other species of butterflies though.
I've not seen butterflies at night either, but Steve's explanation makes sense. Beautiful, aren't they?
Hmmm...that is a sight I've never seen. I'll have to check my lamp posts at night. Beautiful shot of the zebra!
I've never seen such a sight either. I did see the first zebra longwing in my garden just today. They were plentiful last year and have been conspicuously absent this year. Maybe I should have been checking my porch lights at night :)
Thanks for all your comments. I'm still hoping someone will come up with an answer. And BTW, I notice that the zebras aren't out and about when the weather is very overcast. Hmmm.
Not sure what kind of butterfly it is but it sure is striking. I've never seen one like that in my garden before.
Hey, MBT. Florida's state butterfly. Also found in southern Texas, apparently, but not in Chicago. :)
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The observations and ponderings of a South Florida gardener.