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Published on Aug 31, 2010
One day while hiking in Bouquet Canyon, CA, I ran across an exceptionally friendly male Lorquin's Admiral... He was avidly guarding and patrolling his territory in this little alcove of Willow trees, but didn't seem to mind me watching and filming him. On a whim I decided to try picking him up, which he allowed - especially after tasting the light layer of sweat on my finger. Butterflies are known for visiting unusual places to drink water and take in natural salts and minerals, which might be otherwise lacking in their diet. In this case, the salts came right to him and he seemed happy to enjoy the attention while he lapped it up!
The Lorquin's Admiral Butterfly (Limenitis lorquini) was named after Pierre Lorquin, a French naturalist who came to California during the gold rush of the mid 1800's. It's a fairly common butterfly in canyon bottoms, wherever it's Willow caterpillar host plant grows abundantly. The larvae are not so easy to find and I found that it was easier to get a female to lay eggs than it was to locate caterpillars in the wilderness! Here, you can see the entire rearing project, from eggs to adult butterfly:
Cameras used: Casio EX-F1 for slow motion, and Canon HF100 for 1080p HD
The music is the title track from the "Digital Dreaming" CD by Technician (yours truly), mixed in with natural sounds from the Bouquet Canyon area. Full artist discography, MP3 downloads and CDs are available at the Technician website: HTTP://technician.jcmdi.com
Thanks so much for watching and reading! :-)
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