This is one of my favorite photos, and not so much for the quality, but because I remember the wonder and thrill I had when I spotted this scene. I could not understand why these zebra longwing butterflies were clustered together, but I grabbed my camera before researching why. Grabbing the camera is always a first.
What was happening was one of the most common scenarios in nature--males vying to be the first to mate with the female. The zebra longwing female had not even emerged from her chrysalis, but they were ready and waiting. In this photo they appear peaceful, but it was far from peaceful. It was a frenzied ordeal. Each male in the cluster was doing its utmost not to lose its place, while other males were flying to and fro in a panic.
Just another normal day for Mother Nature. She was probably just hemmin' and hawin' while I frantically worked to get the perfect shot.
This is the shot I got of the male victor. He is copulating with the female still inside the chrysalis.
Image Credit » Two Tourists Photo