Butterflies in Love

I witnessed some courtship behavior in silvery checkerspots, Chlosyne nycteis today.

It seems the female is in front–it is slightly larger than the male.  Both sit on a leaf, and the female rapidly vibrates with her tail raised.  The male does not vibrate but just sits there.

The male shows an active interest and occasionally flies around the female.

There is a flurry of activity but sooner or later they end up in about the same position.

Then the behavior repeats itself.

I did not witness the end of the courtship–there may have been some activity at the beginning I missed as well.  I did see a number of these little vibrating dances followed by a chase.  The chases and dances went on for some time and were fascinating to watch.


About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
This entry was posted in Biological diversity, butterflies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s