Managed to get a photo yesterday while this beauty was visiting the butterfly bush in Dustin’s garden.
I rarely see this buckeye butterfly in the garden. Maybe because he has such a short lifespan. And when I do, he is a challenge to photograph, fluttering very quickly from bloom to bloom. He has no time to waste.
Egg stage: 4 to 14 days Caterpillar (larval) stage: 2 to 4 weeks Chrysalis (pupal) stage: 7 to 14 days
Adult butterfly stage: 6 to 20 days
The above numbers show the life of a buckeye butterfly. Kind of sad when you see it broken down like this. When they are finally adults, they only live 6 to 20 days. And you may wonder why I take so many butterfly photos. It could be the last time to see them in my garden.
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Most butterflies only live days, sometimes weeks if they are lucky. There is an exception as you will see in a Quiz I am currently working on. In the meantime, sharing a few facts you might not know about the beautiful butterflies..
- The shortest lifespan for a butterfly species, which is just few days, is of the copper butterfly and the small blue butterfly.
- The average lifespan of a painted lady butterfly is just 2 weeks
Would you be interested in a Butterfly Quiz?